How To Replace Damaged Lap Siding
Step by step instructions on replacing damaged wood siding sections
Whether it’s rotted or chipped, damaged siding isn’t just an eyesore, it can allow water to reach your home’s sheathing—and chronically damp sheathing can lead to bigger problems down the road. From a single board to multiple boards, replacing lap siding is a quick, inexpensive project you can do yourself. Here’s what you’ll need to take on this intermediate-level task: When taking on this DIY task be sure to
equip yourself with the proper safety gear we will let you know throughout the video when you should and should not use the safety gear Step 1: Sever caulk and paint Remove damaged boards by cutting through caulk and paint with a sharp utility knife. Run the knife along each damaged board and horizontally along the laps. Step 2: Remove nails Using a small prybar and hammer, remove the piece above
the damaged siding. As you do this, check for nails and work under them to help expose the heads. Remove the nails, then pry up the damaged piece and remove it. Do this for all damaged boards before installing your new ones. Step 3: Cut new piece If a damaged piece of siding is intact, use it as a template to draw a cut line on the new piece. Otherwise,
measure the space and mark your cut line with a quick square. Even if you have wood siding, we recommend replacing damaged boards with cement fiber board, as it will resist rotting. To cut cement fiber board, score each cut line about six times with a utility knife guided with a quick square. Place the lip...
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