How to Replace Cracked Vinyl Siding
LESLIE: Now we’re going to take a call from Jim in Ohio who’s dealing with some vinyl siding issues. What’s going on?
JIM: My kids were having an iceball fight and by all means don’t do it away from the house; do it right against the house. (Leslie chuckles)
TOM: (chuckling) OK.
JIM: And it was obviously very cold, being an iceball fight, and I have cracked vinyl siding.
TOM: OK. Is it possible that you can get some more vinyl siding, Jim?
JIM: I have some scraps, actually, from when it was installed.
TOM: Alright. OK.
JIM: I just don’t know how to go about it because it looks like it’s like Z-shaped and it’s very confusing.
TOM: Well …
LESLIE: Ah, there’s a fantastic tool that’s going to save you a lot of heartache and hand ache as well.
TOM: Yeah, it’s a tool that helps you sort of unzip the old panels of vinyl out. So you would want to remove the cracked panel and you want to put in a new one. Now, you mentioned you have some scraps. If you happen to have a piece that’s the same size, great. If you don’t, you might end up sort of piecing this in. Now one thing that may be unexpected, you need to watch out for, is that the color of the vinyl scraps – which is the original color – may not match the color of the siding now because of the exposure to the sun.
TOM: And so, if that’s the case, what you might want to do is go to one of the least obvious places in your house and take a piece from there; use that for the repair and then put the new piece back there where it’s not so noticeable.
JIM: Ah, brilliant.
LESLIE: This way everything will be matchy-matchy.
JIM: Thanks, guys. Love your show and …
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