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Old 03-31-2010, 02:02 PM   #1
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Covering large hole in vinyl siding


We're in the process of doing some renovation to a downstairs room, and while the drywall is out we are removing what appears to be an old plant box affixed to the exterior wall. When the room was last renovated they didn't bother to remove this box which is essentially a series of shelves and panes of glass open to the interior of the room and jutting about 2 feet out from the exterior wall. It was drywalled over on the inside and existing vinyl siding was just put in place around it (I have a feeling it has been attached to the house through 2 or 3 renovations dating back to the 40's).

The upshot is that when we do this there will be a large 3' x 4' rectangular gap in the siding. Replacing the siding on this part of the house (an addition, the rest of the house is brick) is a project for the future, so this does not have to be permanent. The wall that this is on is set back on the alley side of our townhouse and is about 3' from the neighbor's addition, not very visible from the alley, so aesthetics are also of little concern.

I've called around and been to several local construction salvage stores in the area and cannot find a match for the size siding that we would need, so we need to come up with other solutions. There is a section of flashing extending from our house to the neighbors over this wall, so it would not see much rain except from gusts. However, we need it to be water tight, that's really the only requirement.

Can we just use construction adhesive to glue a thick piece of plastic sheeting over this area and then use siding caulk around the edges to fill in the gaps? Maybe a couple layers of that with the top layer glued down 4-5" from the perimeter of the first? Any better solutions? Whatever it is will be ugly, but it only needs to get us through a few months until we tear out all of the siding (well, OK, maybe next spring ). Thanks

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Picture would really help!

you did paint a good verbal picture, but like my eyes , my mind is getting
fuzzy.

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don't use plastic ,use a breathable housewrap,your going to need some when you reside anyway
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Sorry, here's a cell phone pic of the wall and the planter box. You can see it's a pretty clean cut in the siding. It's been removed and the hole has since been covered with plywood at the exterior opening.
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It's been removed and the hole has since been covered with plywood at the exterior opening. Whatever it is will be ugly, but it only needs to get us through a few months until we tear out all of the siding
Ayuh,... Glued,+ screwed plywood will work for the short term....
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