How to Install Vinyl Siding

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Install vinyl siding from the foundation up, snapping successive pieces into the lip at the top of each piece and nailing the siding to the side of the house. Avoid nailing siding too tightly, as to allow for expansion, with tips from a remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvements and repairs.

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Hi, I'm Tim Gipson, I'm going to talk to you about how to install vinyl siding. Now vinyl siding is installed from the foundation up and we have a piece here that we can look at and how vinyl siding is designed is that it actually snaps together. So here's a partial piece, you have this lip in the top that once we secure that, the next piece snaps in to that and then we put each successive up. You can see here that we've already got some installed and where you have pieces come together end to end, you overlap these about four inches. Now vinyl siding will secure to your side of your house using nails. And we use is we use a nail that has a wide end or nails that have a plastic cap. And you've got several slots here and what you want to do is you want to nail where your stud locations are. Now one thing to be very careful, on vinyl siding, it expands and contracts due to the weather and so one thing when you're nailing vinyl siding is to make sure that you don't nail this tight. So in other words we want to secure this with a nail but leave a little gap between the head of the nail and the vinyl siding so that you can actually move it a little bit. If you nail that tight, what's going to happen is your vinyl siding is going to crack on you. Now when we're starting our first row, what we want to do is we want to find our level points and we want to snap a chalk line across this bottom where our first one's going to go. If you get your first course level, then you don't have to worry about the rest of them going up. Then where you terminate in corners, we have end channels such as this and we'll actually put this channel in on the inside corners before we put the vinyl siding on. The vinyl siding slides into there, we secure it. And then we have these outside corners that we'll install after the vinyl siding goes on. So I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to install vinyl siding.

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