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Patching Wood Siding


How to tips for patching wood siding


By Mark J. Donovan



Besides giving your home an aesthetically attractive look, wood siding also protects your home from water, wind, and insect damage. Consequently when you discover a damaged piece of wood siding, it is imperative that you fix it, and fix it right away.

Wood siding can become damaged over time due to weathering or from the occasional baseball hitting it. Pine siding has the tendency to curl and split due simply weather reasons. Cedar siding can also occasionally split.


Masonite siding is very susceptible to moisture. No matter the type of wood siding on your home, as soon as the siding becomes damaged, water can easily begin to enter the home by slipping down behind the damaged siding. This situation can quickly lead to rot and mold.

Patching wood siding is fairly easy to do, as long as you have the right tools and work carefully during the removal of the damaged piece.

Remove Damaged Wood Siding Clapboard
To patch a damaged wood siding clapboard you need to begin by carefully cutting the damaged clapboard at a location that is beyond the damage, and that lines up over an existing stud wall. Mark the location with a pencil and cut the damaged clapboard with a carpenter's knife several times, making several down strokes.
Once you have scored/cut the damaged wood siding clapboard with the knife, use a pry bar and hammer to work the nails loose on the good clapboard sitting just above the damaged one.

Remove the loosened nails after you work them up a little with your pry bar.

Next, work the pry bar underneath the bottom section of the damaged clapboard, taking care not to damage the lower clapboard.

Once you have created a small space underneath the damaged clapboard, use a sawzall to cut the nails on the backside of the clapboard.
After cutting the nails you should be able to remove the old damaged wood siding clapboard with your hands.

Installing the Wood Siding Patch
Once you have removed the old clapboard make sure there is nothing behind the upper clapboard, as you will be sliding a new clapboard up underneath it.
Measure and cut a piece of new wood siding for the patch. Then slide it up underneath the clapboard that sits just above the area you are working. Note you should add a bead of exterior caulk on the ends of the existing clapboards first.

Patching Wood Siding - Here's a damaged piece of siding.

Photo by Mark Donovan

Once the newly patched wood siding clapboard is in place, secure it with galvanized nails and your done.

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Patching Wood Siding Ebook - If you require detailed instructions, and pictures for patching wood siding see HomeAdditionPlus.com's Patching Wood Siding Ebook. This Ebook provides very detailed instructions, along with pictures for each key step in the process of patching wood siding.

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