How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding - Fine Homebuilding

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Building Skills

Building Skills


How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding

comments (3) February 6th, 2014 in Blogs

Video Length: 2:47
Produced by: Andy Engel, Patrick McCombe, and Rob Wotzak


All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple tools to get access for repairs or modifications to a wall covered in this popular cladding. Watch this Building skills video to see the entire process.

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Look for a horizontal seam between two courses of vinyl siding
  2. Insert the siding-removal tool where the panles overlap and pull down and out
  3. Use a cat's paw or other small pry bar to pull the nails from the course you need to remove
  4. Pull the piece of vinyl siding downward to disengage it from the course below it
  5. If either end of the siding is captured by a door or window channel, gently bend the siding to clear the channel as you remove it
  6. Repeat steps 3-5 for any additional courses of siding that you need to remove

When it's time to put the siding back on the wall, just reverse the process: slide and snap the pieces of siding onto the courses below and replace the nails you removed. You may want to drive the nails in new locations to ensure they have good purchase. It can be a little tricky to snap the last piece into the groove of the piece above that wasn't removed, but a little care, patience, and perseverence will get the job done.

For more information, read the companion Bulding Skills article: Removing Vinyl Siding


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Comments (3)

ericnh ericnh writes: This is a very helpful article to me. I was planning an exterior renovation for past few months. Started with replacing windows with vinyl windows, windowchoice, toronto, ontario, windowchoice.ca/window-tips/why-vinyl-windows-are-simply-better . Had some energy efficiency issues with old wooden windows. Rear door had slight cracks here and there. Called professionals to deal with that. Had few damaged sections of sidings which needed to be replaced. Was thinking of how to do it more easily. And I got it. Thank you. Need to do a little work with interior as well. But not going to think about that before finishing this.
Posted: 1:00 am on June 18th

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