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Overlapping Siding

To remove and install new overlapping siding boards, you will need the following items, or their close approximation:

Overlapping Siding Tool List

  • Protective goggles
  • Nail puller
  • Chalk and ruler for marking lines
  • Pry bar
  • Straight-edge saw (backsaw)
  • Chisel or keyhole saw
  • Small hacksaw
  • Roofing cement
  • Wood block

Removing Overlapping Siding
Wear protective goggles during this task. Use chalk and a ruler to mark the vertical cut lines of both ends of the damaged area to be removed. Rather than remove only the area that includes the damage only, extend your marks all to way to the nearest studs (where the current board ends are nailed down). This way the new boards you install will be firmly anchored.

Remove all nails from the section to be removed with a nail puller. If you can't remove them, pry up the bottom edge and cut the nails from the underside using a small hacksaw.

With the nails removed, pry up the bottom edge of the damaged board with a pry bar or chisel. Carefully drive wedges (or use a pair of screwdrivers, chisels or other tools) beneath the board, just to the outside of your chalk marks so you can access your desired cut lines. Starting at the bottom edge, use a backsaw to cut along you chalk lines until you get very close to the board just above the damaged one. Finish the cut with a chisel and mallet. Remove the board.

Installing Overlapping Siding
Clapboard, Dolly Varden, Bevel, Channel Rustic and Shiplap are all overlapping styles and are nailed directly to the studs or sheathing just beneath them. If your siding is one of these, replace it as follows:

1. Carefully pry up the board above the one you're replacing and drive in wedges to give you easy access.
2. If any nails remain that were attaching it to the damaged board you removed, cut them from underneath using a small hacksaw. Examine the building paper for tears. Repair any with roofing cement. Remove the wedges.
3. Cut your new board to fit the bare area. Place it in position and position a wood block against the bottom edge. Use a mallet or hammer against the block to drive the new board under the old one until it is even. Nail new board or board section to the piece beneath it. Seal nail holes and vertical edges with outdoor caulk. Prime and paint or stain and seal to match.
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