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Wood siding panel is damaged and in need of
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Small wood wedges/shims
Appropriate wood board piece (for replacement of damaged piece
of siding panel)
Power drill and appropriate bit
Galvanized nails (2" nail length for residing purposes in
general; though, as to nail length, if the wood siding is
installed over concrete, masonry or metal studs, provide about
2x nailers as to length size and space; 5/16"
nail head diameter)
Appropriate exterior wood filler putty
Siliconized acrylic latex caulking tube (in
the appropriate color)
Flexible joint knife
Medium sandpaper (about 120 grit)
Paint (exterior paint)
Tarp (for capturing any paint drops and
If you find that one of your wood siding panels
is damaged--either gashed, chipped or cracked--with a little sweat and effort,
you can have it repaired.
Caution: Of course, when dealing with sharp
objects, such as a nails, or with chemicals, such as those found in
paint, make sure you take precautions.
Caution: Work from the bottom up if you
have over one wood siding panel to replace, starting with the most
bottom panel first, etc.
Repairing a damaged wood siding panel can be
done in a few steps, and here's how:
wedges/shims underneath the damaged wood siding panel, tapping
in the shims as necessary with a hammer.
With the shims in
place, use a handsaw to cut the shim-elevated wood siding panel
on each side of the damaged area of such a wood siding panel so
as to be able to effectively cut out this damaged piece.
Make sure you cut straight.
Caution: While sawing, make sure there is a piece of scrap
wood underneath the moving blade "teeth" of the handsaw that
overextends beyond the damaged wood panel in the normal movement of
the handsaw so as to protect the immediate neighboring wood panel
that is in good condition from any accidental scratches/marks as a
result of the sawing.
To finish the
cutting of the damaged piece of the wood siding panel, add an
additional two more shims, this time placing them underneath the
wood siding panel that is right above the damaged wood siding
panel so as to help cut the remaining top portion of the damaged
wood siding panel with a keyhole saw that would otherwise be
harder to get to with the neighboring top wood siding panel not
uplifted with the two shims. When using the keyhole saw,
it would be best for the teeth blade of such a saw to be pointed
outwards towards you.
When you finish
cutting, remove the shims.
Next, you must
remove the nails that secure the cut damaged piece of the wood
siding panel. With this in
mind, to pry up the nails, do this: With a piece of scrap
wood underneath the pry bar, insert the pry bar underneath the
wood siding panel that is directly above the damaged wood siding
panel in order to pry up the nails. Then, with the nails
loosened and popped up and within reach of pulling as a result
of the prying, remove the pry bar from underneath the wood
siding panel and then either use this pry bar or the claw of a
hammer to completely pull out the popped-up nails.
the more difficult nails that are harder to reach and remove, you
must make enough room for under-the-panel-cutting of such nails.
To do this, place two shims underneath the wood siding panel that is
right above the damaged wood siding panel and then place a
plunge-cutting hacksaw in this space created through the insertion
of such shims, and use this hacksaw to cut underneath such a panel
the difficult nails left intact so as to finally be able to remove
the cut damaged piece of the wood siding panel.
If you find that
the felt/building paper exposed upon the removal of the damaged
wood piece is damaged or otherwise worn out, go ahead and
install another layer of this felt/building paper over it before
you install the wood board replacement.
With the final
nails cut and the cut damaged piece of the wood siding panel
removed, cut a replacement wood board to the exact size of the
removed damaged piece of the wood siding panel; use a tape
measure as is necessary to help successfully cut to size.
Using a rag/cloth
or paintbrush as necessary, treat the cut-to-size wood board
with wood sealant, particularly around its cut sides, per the
sealant manufacturer's instructions. Allow for it to cure.
Next, take this
cut-to-size wood board and insert it into place where the
damaged piece of the wood siding panel was removed, using a
hammer and a wood scrap piece as a protective buff zone in
tapping the wood board in if need be.
While holding the wood board in place, use a power drill, with the
appropriate bit, to drill pilot holes in the board that will
ultimately be occupied by galvanized nails to secure the board to
the underlying wall.
Go ahead and drive in the nails with a hammer in the same nail
pattern the neighboring siding is secured to the wall. Keep
this in mind: Each wood siding panel is nailed secure
independently of neighboring wood siding panels, so do not drive a
nail through two wood panels when securing this wood board
replacement as part of the originally damaged wood siding panel.
appropriate exterior wood filler putty with a joint knife to
cover the nail heads and dimples/holes, as applicable.
appropriate caulking tube already cocked in the caulking gun,
use the caulking gun to apply caulking where the wood siding
meets trims or openings of the house; as may be necessary, use
your joint knife to ensure that the caulking is applied as
neatly and nicely as possible.
Put a tarp
on the floor underneath the newly installed wood board, which
will be primed and painted.
sandpaper to sand the wood board in preparation for painting,
as sanding first will help it become more tolerant of
the paint, allowing the paint to become better adhered to it.
Wipe up any
generated sanded dust with a damp cloth/rag so as to keep the
wood board's surface clean of debris.
paintbrush, apply primer on the newly installed wood board,
following the primer manufacturer's instructions; allow the
prime to cure per the manufacturer's instructions.
paintbrush, apply matching paint on the newly installed wood
board, following the paint manufacturer's instructions; allow
the paint to cure per the manufacturer's instructions.
That's how to repair
a damaged wood siding panel.
Handyman Zone Team
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