How to Replace Wood Siding

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Sometimes wood siding warps or cracks along the grain. Replacing that one board will save you plenty of headaches later.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood Shims
  • Wood Siding
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wood Preservatives
  • Caulk
  • Caulking Guns
  • Common Nails
  • Hammers
  • Pry Bars
  • Wood Blocks
  • Slide a wooden shim under the piece above the one to be replaced, and tap it in with a hammer. This will hold the covering board up and keep it out of the way.

  • Pry out any nails you can see that are holding the board in place.

  • Slip a couple of wedges under the damaged board if you need to access hidden nails.

  • Use a mini hacksaw to cut the nails flush with the wall or wood beneath the board.

  • Pull the damaged board out.

  • Cut a new board to replace the old one.

  • Treat the wood with a preservative and let it dry.

  • Use a block of wood between the hammer and the new board when you tap it into place.

  • Drive a rustproof nail at the top and bottom of each end.

  • Apply a bead of caulk to the exposed seams around the board.

  • Pull out the shims and make sure the nails in the boards above the replacement are tightly seated.

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