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Old 04-06-2011, 11:13 AM   #1
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I have an area(approximately 16 X 4) of Masonite siding that it is soft from some moisture. The area is at the bottom of the siding above my patio. Removing the siding and replacing is an undertaking because I have a wooden pergola that has a ledger board that is affixed to the side of the house at the top of the affected piece.

My question is, is there a way that I can cut out the soft area and fill it in with something? Much like spackling on drywall? The reason that this comes to mind, is because on another area of the home with siding, there appears to have been something like this done. The texture is different but that is o.k. If the siding is cut out and there is something like spackling that I can use, what needs behind the area that is void for the spackling to affix to?

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You’ve asked this question before and the answer is still the same.

You need to replace the rotted siding piece with new.

There is no magic siding spackle, putty, or glue that will do what your asking.

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Problem is, even if you could fill a damaged area with an exterior grade spackle, it would fail within a year because of the moisture issues you describe. I'd replace the masonite with a piece of rot resistant hardie plank.
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The reason that I ask about the spackling is that there is an area on my house that has been repaired that way when it was built and it has held up since it was new(15years).

The problem with removing the siding is that the entire pergola is going to have to be removed to gain access to the affected siding. That's why I am continuing to look for alternative solutions.
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Kenny, post some pictures. Things like getting behind the pergola are probably much easier than you think.
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Kenny, why not experiment? You've got nothing to lose if it fails. I have used regular spackling, Durham's Rock Hard Putty, Bondo (not water resistant), and even caulking (not a good choice by the way) and two part epoxies. You just have to do some internet searches or ask a lot of questions at your local DIY center to see what's compatible with Masonite. By experimenting, I mean, this year try an exterior grade spackle. Heck, it might work, but if you see it beginning to fail, chisel it out and try something else. I mean, if the pergola is that big of a deal to move, what other choice do you have?
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P.S. 16 X 4 is a large area to try and patch!

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