How to Replace Damaged Wood Siding
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If weather has taken a toll on some of your siding, here's how to "patch" it.
Materials and Tools:
#15 felt paper
rust-resistant siding nails
1. Pull out the nails connecting the siding to the neighboring piece of siding using an old-style nail puller. Use a small wood shim under the lever to reduce the risk of damaging the siding.
2. Remove the damaged section of siding.
3. Measure the size of the opening and cut a replacement panel. Use a chalk line to mark a straight cut line. Wearing safety glasses and a dust mask, cut the piece to fit with a circular saw.
4. If necessary, cover the opening with a new piece of felt or tar paper to guard against the elements. Secure the tar paper with roofing nails.
5. Fit the new piece of siding into place and secure with weatherized siding nails that resist rust.
6. Caulk along the seams to seal the siding and protect the sheeting from weather damage.
7. Replace any trim you removed and caulk along the seams. Wait a few days and prime and paint the patch to match.