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Introduction Simple Vinyl Patch
(& Video-Series Intro)

(Playing on this page) Learn a simple technique for patching small holes in vinyl without removing the entire piece of siding.

Vinyl Siding Replacement Vinyl Siding Repair

See how to disconnect vinyl siding, make a replacement piece, and re-engage the entire panel in a few steps.

Partial Shingle Replacement Partial Shingle Repair

It's possible to repair the exposed portion of a shingle without having to replace the entire shingle.

Whole Shingle Replacement Whole Shingle Repair

Watch how Mike protects the perimeter shingles while replacing a damaged one.

Fiber Cement Replacement Fiber Cement Repair

Learn some tricks for removing old nails, fitting the new boards, and nailing off siding without a hitch.

Wood Clapboard Replacement Wood Clapboard Repair

Pull a damaged clapboard off and fasten a new one with a few simple tools.


About the Author

Mike Guretin
Mike Guertin has been a Fine Homebuilding contributing editor since 1996. A builder and remodeler from East Greenwich, R.I., Mike is constantly testing new ideas and writing about his experience to help make our homes better and our jobs easier.

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Keep Siding Straight With a Story Pole
A simple layout tool aligns siding with window and door trim, and helps you to finish where you started

Rain-screen siding detailsKeep Siding Dry With a Vented Rain Screen
A simple layout tool aligns siding with window and door trim, and helps you to finish where you started

Q&A: Nailing Clapboards: Top, bottom, or both?

Vinyl Siding Done Right
If vinyl’s final, you’d best get the details right. A veteran builder shows how to make it water-resistant and attractive

Tip: Install Fiber-Cement Siding Solo
Because fiber cement is heavy and dense, it is difficult for one person to hold it to a line, match up to an end, and start the first fastener

Q&A: Patching Holes in Siding
If your wood siding is in pretty good shape, but has some holes and gouges, what type of filler should you use?