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replacing lapped siding

Posted by BobB on July 2nd, 2001 04:06 PM
In reply to How to replace a strip of wood siding by Sarah Dodson on July 2nd, 2001 01:27 PM [Go to top of thread]

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Sarah, Actually the job is not really tricky. You try the easy way, and if it works great , if not you revert to the back up plan. Determine which is the last piece of siding that you want to leave in place. Where the paint seals it with the one beneath it, score the joint with a utility knife. Then drive the narrow end of a wmall pry bar, up into the joint, trying to gently lift the edge of the top piece of siding without breaking it. If you can lift it about 1/8 to 1/4 in. along its entire length, you can probably slide the rotten piece out from under it. It will break up, and you will have to fish little slivers out of the crack, to make a clean path for the new piece. You can either pull the old nails from the bottom of the last piece of old siding, or notch the new siding to go around them. Slide the new piece up into place, rehammer the nails to seat the old siding, and Voila! But for some caulk and paint , your done.
Now the back up plan, if you can't get the old piece to lift without breaking up, or run into other problems ( hard to see from here ) you could cut the narrow edge of the top of the last removed piece flush with the bottom of the piece above it, Trim the top off the new piece to the correct width, and then simply nail the top edge of the new piece down, spackling and painting over the nails. It's a little more tedious, and harder to make it look good, but it can be done.
Good Luck !

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