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kennykenny 06-05-2010 08:17 PM

Siding Panel Replacement Question--Help!
I have an approximately 12 x 12 area of a my hardboard siding on the back of my house that has begun to soften due to moisture.

My question is, does anyone have any ideas on repair for this area short of replacement of the entire panel? At the top of the soft panel I have a ledger board that supports a pergola over my patio. Thus, removal of the entire panel is next to impossible w/o taking down the entire pergola.

Can the soft piece be cut and replaced in a way that won't stick out like a sore thumb? Won't the seam be very obvious and be a very likely area for water? I know that flashing could be installed but the wet place is in the middle of a 20 ft stretch of paneling.

What ideas do you have?? Thanks!

kwikfishron 06-06-2010 06:44 AM

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Posting a few pictures would help.

Don’t know If your talking 12”, 12’ or both.

Don’t know if your hardboard siding is 4x8 sheets or lap.

“Next to impossible” may not be as impossible as you think.

Installing a patch doesn’t fix anything, are you planning on replacing a 12 x12 every year?

kennykenny 06-06-2010 10:07 PM

Siding Panel Replacement Question--Help!
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The damaged section is about a 12in by 12in. It is a 4 x 8 hardboard section. I am not planning replacing a section every year, just sections that need to be replaced as needed.

kwikfishron 06-07-2010 07:50 AM

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I can’t see the damage your talking about but I’m sure it’s there. I’d replace the whole sheet, anything else would just look like a patch, but you could do it.

Can’t see the whole pergola but if the joist are just one span to a beam on the outside It’s not that difficult.

You remove the lags on the ledger 6’ or so on either side of the sheet you want to replace and remove or cut the nails attaching the joist to the beam in the same area. With a 2x4 under the ledger against the house you can wedge out that section of ledger away from the wall. All you need is a inch or so. After pulling all of the nails on the sheet you can get you might be able to work it out. If not, cut and remove the sheet below the ledger then you can get the rest out with a Sawzall. Set your saw a little shy so you don’t cut the paper behind.

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