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lanie 07-23-2005 01:20 AM

Husband burned vinyl siding with grill, now what?
I need help. My husband decided to cook steaks at 11 pm last week IN THE DARK and did not notice the grill was way to close to the house. Well now the vinyl siding has buckled do to being heated up by the grill. I want to call someone to fix it as my confidence in my husband fixing it at this point isn't very good ;) My problem is I would like to know vaguely what is involved in fixing it so I don't get ripped off. The buckled part is about 2 feet long by 6 inches wide. Does anyone have a ball park figure on what this might cost and can they remove only the damaged vinyl? I pray this isn't going to be over $300. In the meantime, my husband is not allowed to use the grill after dark :D

CarpenterDon 07-23-2005 08:47 AM

Hi Lanie,

It is possible to replace only the affected piece of siding.

You can either call a siding installation company or a remodeling contractor that is experienced in replacing vinyl siding.

The most cost effective way to do it would be to go to your local siding supplier or store and pick up 2 or 3 pieces of the siding on your house (just in case ;).) You can cut a small piece (approx. 6"x6") off of the damaged siding and take it to the siding supplier/store and they can match it (as close as possible) to your existing siding. Having the siding on hand will keep the cost down when hiring someone to replace it and assure that replaced piece will match as closely as possible.

You must remember though that your siding will be somewhat faded and it will take time for the replacement piece to blend in.....but it will eventually.

While this is a possible DIY'er project, if your not sure of how to go about it, and you don't want your hubby tackling this project :eek: :D, then hire an experienced remodeler or siding installation guy. The local siding supplier can give you a good recommendation of who to call to do this type of repair.

Good luck. Please let us know how it turns out!

GMW 07-23-2005 07:35 PM

Actually, repairing vinyl siding is a rather easy DIY fix. Once you get a piece of siding, all that is needed is a siding removal tool found at most Home Improvement stores. All it does is help unlock the pieces of siding. They should even be able to show you on some of the stock pieces of siding.

As far as getting a match, hopefully there are some pieces left in the garage or attic. It can sometimes be a pain if you don't know the exact brand. Best bet is take a piece with you for color, grain and profile. If the color is off due to fading or different brand, you can replace the melted piece with one from a non-conspicuous part of the house (side, behind bushes, etc.) and put the new piece there.
If you don't want to try it yourself, a good handyman should be able to perform this fix.
Good luck and don't be too mad, he is not the first or last person to do this!:D

lanie 07-23-2005 11:05 PM

Thanks guys! I'm so glad this sounds like an easy fix. Hubby said he has actually installed siding before, but i'm still scared to let him fix it(the DIY stories I could tell lol). He also wants to leave it as it is, he claims it doesn't look that bad :confused: When I call someone in to fix it, it will have to be when he leaves for Iraq in a few months lol. We have no scrap pieces, but our siding is white so hopefully finding a match will not be too hard.

Humble Abode 07-23-2005 11:19 PM


Originally Posted by lanie
(the DIY stories I could tell lol)

By all means please do tell

but seriously best of luck to you.... thats an honest mistake

plumguy 07-23-2005 11:25 PM

Late dinners are the best! I think I would be more upset if he burnt the steaks !! But, actually all grills should be at least 18" inches (minimum) away from any flammable materials such as decks,fencing,siding etc.

Precision 08-04-2005 10:14 AM

My question is was he drunk?

Teetorbilt 08-06-2005 10:55 PM

Precision, I would have been, or close to it.

JustaFramer 08-07-2005 12:34 AM

I have never installed vinyl but this is what I know since nobody cared to mention it. Vinyl siding requires a specialty tool to cut it. Last I heard it was around 175 dollars. Probably can be rented. Also since vinyl likes to expand and retract never fully set the nails. Which is a nail with a square washer like metal piece.

DelReynolds 08-07-2005 02:00 PM

Wow, are them gold plated snips?

JustaFramer 08-07-2005 02:58 PM


Originally Posted by DelReynolds
Wow, are them gold plated snips?

Yeah I guess you can hack them in with snips. :cool: :eek:
A local company that supplied and installed their own seamless vinyl voided the warranty with any other tool. Which of course falls on the installer. :rolleyes:

DelReynolds 08-07-2005 06:04 PM


Originally Posted by JustaFramer
Yeah I guess you can hack them in with snips. :cool: :eek:
A local company that supplied and installed their own seamless vinyl voided the warranty with any other tool. Which of course falls on the installer. :rolleyes:

I would guarentee with 100% confidence that your local company that supplied and installed the seamless vinyl didn't install this job. Infact i'd be willing to bet money that its standard practice (other than a reversed plywood blade) to "hack" them in with snips. But thats just what i heard.:cool:

lanie 08-07-2005 11:50 PM


Originally Posted by Precision
My question is was he drunk?

Not drunk, just eager for a good steak at 11 pm ;)

lanie 08-07-2005 11:58 PM

I have decided to let hubby have a go at trying to fix it, we found somewhere that carries almost identical siding, so I figured what the heck, he can't make it any worse right? In the meantime we have found 2 other sections of siding that apparently he has hit with the weed eater that also need fixing, the 'honey do' list just keeps getting longer and longer. This probably won't get completed for another month or so :rolleyes:

housedocs 08-08-2005 07:58 AM

The reversed plywood blade on a skilsaw is what I've always used for cutting vinyl siding. For just a few pieces, a sharp pair of snips will do a fine job.

Couple of things to keep in mind, factory ends should be used at seams, cut ends into the J or corner trim. Do not nail it down tight, leave the heads of nails standing up about 1/16" and it should be nailed into the center of nailing flange, vinyl will expand & contract with outside temp. variances, nailing in the manner I described will accomodate that. Also it should over lap at the seams, by about 3/4".

You might think about investing in a vinyl zip tool, about $6-$8 at that big box stores, just a small hand tool with a curled tip which makes unlocking the siding much easier.

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