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capecodder 11-10-2011 02:23 PM

Replacing Damaged Cedar Clapboard?
Hey Guys,

I just bought my home a few years ago and theres some clap board that is damaged. I want to cut out the section that is damaged and then replace just that strip. I saw an article on fine home building magazine that had a walkthrough on this. They also appeared to use a tool (maybe black and decker?) that had a flat blade to make verticle cuts so that the butt of one strip is flat against the new strip?

Any help is appriciated.

kwikfishron 11-10-2011 04:16 PM

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So I take it you don’t want to replace the whole piece of siding but just a portion of the one piece?

Replacing the entire piece would not only be easier but would also look better and not look like a patch.

If your set on the patch job then you need to locate the center of a stud on either side of the damage and mark vertical lines and make the cuts.

How I would do it is try to wedge out the piece above an ” or so (without braking it) score the line using a speed square and a utility knife and make the cut with a new 6” metal blade turned backwards in the Sawzall.

You could start the cut with a circler saw and finish it with Sawzall if you wanted to but I would probably just use the Sawzall. it’s a tricky cut to have look good and not to damage any other siding.

capecodder 11-10-2011 05:27 PM

Sorry, i guess I should have worded that differently. I want to replace one strip. I went to home depot and it looks like these things are sold as very long strips of cedar about 6 or 8 feet. So I see what you are saying. I just hope these strips are the same length. That is why I ask about cutting them and butting them together. The tool I mentioned is something like this tool : 43 seconds in, any idea what that tool is and where i can get one?

Hopefully the length is the same and I wont need to cut them. The nails I should be using are 7d ring shanked siding nails in stainless steel from what i've searched?

How does one go about doing a similar repair to cedar shingles? In the back of my home someone replaced cedar shingles around a dryer vent and face nailed them. I plan to tackle this comes spring but am wondering how to replace the shingles without having nails showing?

Thanks for the help.

kwikfishron 11-10-2011 05:42 PM

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The tool is a Multimaster, just about all of the major tool manufactures have a version of it.

As far as the rest post a couple of pictures standing back a bit showing the entire area.

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