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Old 06-10-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Hi Folks,

I am trying to do some siding repairs, in order to satisfy some pest inspection findings, but more importantly to protect the investment in my home. I have already removed and completely replaced one piece of T1-11, but I have one more piece with dry rot along the bottom 2-4" of the sheet, where it made contact with the soil at one point.

This piece of siding has cut-outs for both a door and a window, but it also has a hole for copper pipe serving a hose-bib. To make matters worse, it has a shrub growing in front of it, has an HVAC unit and patio cover on either side of it, and would be an absolute nightmare to try and get a new piece into place. The one I already replaced had no obstructions other than the roof gutter and the same line of shrubs, and was quite the challenge.

I'm looking for solutions to possibly just deal with the dry rot, rather than try and replace the whole piece. I found this link online: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/how...ir-t111-siding

Is it possible to cut the bottom 6" or so off, and replace it with a new 6" piece? Then caulk the splice line and paint?

I have a painter lined up to paint in the next 45 days, so I have a little time to do the right thing.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Todd

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It is possible to replace a partial piece of siding. However, the butt joint and caulk is a repair that tends to fail over time. Use a Z bar flashing at the joint.

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That sounds like a good idea... The joint will be below the shrub line, so noone will ever see it!
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T-111 was never suppost to be any closer then 6" of grade.
Many times I've remove that bottom section, prime and paint the cut and replaced with Z moulding then 1 X 6 vinyl lumber.
No more rot and no way for the weed wacker doing any damage to it.
Using T-111 in that area is just going to rot again.
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That's not a bad idea... I'll have to take a look and see how that might look. I think there is only 10-15' of siding that is near the grade, but I'll have to double-check.

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