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We recently had our siding pressure washed, and now some of the siding seems to be coming away from the house. Is it possible to just nail the siding back in place? What should we do? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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We recently had our siding pressure washed, and now some of the siding seems to be coming away from the house. Is it possible to just nail the siding back in place? What should we do? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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As long as the exposed facings are not damaged, you can renail it. The issue is getting it overlapped again without damaging the parts.
Can you post a photo?
 

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The way siding works, the bottom snaps into the piece under it and the top is nailed. The nails are covered by the next piece above it. I am guessing the pieces have come unsnapped. You can usually get them to snap back together by gently forcing the piece over the locking edge on the piece below. There is a simple tool called a zip tool that can assist this, available at homes stores that sell siding.
 

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The way siding works, the bottom snaps into the piece under it and the top is nailed. The nails are covered by the next piece above it. I am guessing the pieces have come unsnapped. You can usually get them to snap back together by gently forcing the piece over the locking edge on the piece below. There is a simple tool called a zip tool that can assist this, available at homes stores that sell siding.
Bill, will the zip tool work on aluminum siding? Is there enough give in aluminum?
 

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The "zip" tools prevalent today ("Sideswiper II" by "Malco"), that are available
in Big Box stores and siding supply stores; are really intended for Vinyl
siding.
I used to have "zip" tools for aluminum siding - the difference between the
two is the thickness of the hooked metal - the old ones were "spring" steel -
thinner then the ones out there now.
We used to put wax or oil on them - they would slide easier.
Using them on aluminum was usually a two person job and we used 3 or
4 "zip" tools - aluminum doesn't flex the way Vinyl does.
How difficult it will be, also depends on the thickness of the aluminum -
.019, .024, etc...

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