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miami vice 25 05-20-2007 10:16 AM

Aluminum siding
I have a section of aluminum siding that is loose. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to resecure the area? It is at the base of the outside of a home that is on a crawl space. I have access to the crawl space and the wood is loose behind the siding. Should I just reinforce or replace the wood and place a screw through the siding to secure it or ? I have also considered drilling a small hole in the siding and using a rivet to secure the area. ??

zel 05-20-2007 01:25 PM

I just had to remove a bunch of AL siding and reinstall it later. Go to the section above where you have the problem, use a "siding tool" to detach the bottom edge of the piece above the one you are planning to remove. It can be a little tricky, you kinda have to jamb the tool under and pull down/out at the same time. One you have that bottom edge detached, pull the edge out far enough to get a nail bar in and remove the nails holding the piece below it. Once the nails are out, you can use onehand to grip the piece and keep pressure going down on it, with the other hand, give it a whack near the bottom edge under where you are applying pressure and it should release. Once you do it a few times, it gets real easy. Keep following that procedure until the siding is off the section you need to repair. Good Luck.

miami vice 25 05-22-2007 03:13 PM

Thanks for the information. The area in question is near a chimney and the wood behind the siding is damaged. There supporting wood is weak underneath it. I am considering just putting a piece of wood behind it as backing and screwing the siding into this wood.

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