How to Replace Damaged Vinyl Siding

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Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner repair sections of his vinyl siding that have holes.

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Time: 3 hours

Cost: $100

Skill Level: Moderate

Tools List for Replacing Damaged Vinyl Siding:
Utility knife
Speed square

Shopping List:
Vinyl siding pieces
Siding nails
Zip tool

1. When vinyl siding is first installed, it is nailed through a nailing strip. The bottom of the next course is locked in to the nailing strip of the course below.
2. When replacing siding, try to purchase a piece from the same manufacturer in the same color.
3. Work your hand in to a seam between pieces, then release the siding from the nailing strip.
4. Pull the nails holding the damaged siding and remove the damaged piece.
5. Push the new piece into the nailing strip of the course below.
6. Nail the siding loosely to allow for expansion and contraction.
7. If the whole piece of siding isn’t damaged, the damaged section can be cut away using a utility knife and speed square.
8. Cut the patch long. Remove a piece of the nailing strip and on the back to allow for expansion and contraction.
9. To lock the final piece in place, use a zip tool.

Tom uses a zip tool to reinstall vinyl siding, which can be found at the local home center.

Replacement siding can be found at a building products store or a vinyl siding distributor.

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Keywords: This Old House, How-to, home improvement, DIY, tom silva, vinyl, siding, ask this old house, exterior, damage

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