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