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Old 08-25-2010, 07:58 PM   #1
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cutting a window in older vinyl siding


Hello folks - first time posting here.

I've got a house with older, smooth vinyl siding. The clapboards are about 8" wide, white. I'm remodeling the kitchen and need to change a few of the windows, and have bought new construction windows to do them.

Usually, this wouldn't be a big deal - you remove the claps with a little hook tool, frame the window from the inside, cut the sheathing, nail in the window, tape it, replace the siding and retrim.

But in this case the siding is something I haven't seen before. Each of the clapboards seems to be brad nailed on the underside every few inches. It's got me stumped. How do I get it off so that I can reuse it again? Is it possible? I've thought about setting a straight edge against the wall and cutting the siding that way and leaving it in place, but I can see a lot of problems with this approach.

Can anybody out there give me the skinny on how to work with this kind of siding?

Much obliged to all - Chris
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Old 08-25-2010, 08:02 PM   #2
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pics? nyou got it right,i don't know why it was nailed thru the butt,you will have to pull those brads and remove the siding as usual
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