Repairing Siding For The Do-It-Yourself Homeowner
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Repairing Siding For The Do-It-Yourself Homeowner

Repairing siding on your home, you will need to follow these special construction guidelines.

Repairing siding for the do-it-yourself homeowner, you will need to make the repairs following these detailed steps described below. These repairing siding methods are for older homes that primarily have wood siding (wood shingle siding). Many people like to preserve the Victorian Style homes that have been built many many years ago.

  • Warped Boards ( or Wood Shingles). Use screws, rather than nails, to straighten a warped board. First, drill guide holes for the screws into the thicker portion of the board. Then drill the large holes to countersink the screws. Pull the warped board into line by tightening the screws into the sheathing. Cover the head of each screw with putty.
  • Split Boards ( or Wood Shingles).  First, cut a piece of building paper to slip underneath the split board or shingle. Make it wide enough to fit between the in-place nails. Butt the two halves of the split shingle tightly together. Then nail both halves into place with galvanized or aluminum roofing nails. Countersink the nail heads and cover them with putty.
  • Damaged Wood Shingles. First, using the chisel and hammer, splinter the shingle into small, slender pieces. Carefully remove the splintered pieces so as not to damage the remaining shingles. Pull the exposed nails with a claw hammer. Examine the building paper underneath and patch any tears or cuts with asphalt cement. slip the new shingle into position. Nail the shingle in place with galvanized or aluminum shingle nails.
  • Damaged Wood Siding. Instead of replacing the entire siding board, it is easier to cut out the damaged portion. using the square, mark the board for cut lines. Pry up the bottom edge of the board and insert wedges underneath. Using the saw, cut out the damaged portion of the siding. Make the cut carefully. Don't damage siding boards above or below. Splinter the damaged portion into smaller pieces, using the hammer and chisel. Remove the remaining nails with the claw hammer.
  • Examine the building paper underneath. Patch any tears or cuts with asphalt cement. (Using asphalt cement sparingly, as too much will prevent "breathing" of the exterior.)
  • Measure the damaged board opening, mark the saw cut lines, and cut the replacement board to fit the opening. Slip the new board into position and drive it into place with the hammer. Hammer against a small wood block to avoid damaging the board. Nail the board in place with galvanized siding nails, using the existing nailing pattern.

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