Replacing lap siding boards

Discussion in 'Home Repair' started by FACE, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. FACE

    FACE Guest

    Me again. :)

    I have two lap siding boards on first level that have warped due to water --
    one from water bouncing off of shrubbery, one from water bouncing off of the
    trash can. The thin edges of the beveled boards have warped out form under
    the next higher board. (Possibly they were not set right originally.)

    The one from the shrubbery water bounce is the main problem.
    I gave a hard look at that lap board yesterday and it goes behind the
    structural parts of the front porch. Taking all of that down (or partially
    out from the house) to replace that board appears to be the worst option

    One option I had considered was wetting, attempting to "unwarp" the board
    by laying it flat on the driveway and leaving weight on that thin edge for a
    while, and resetting it. I already know the boards that have been in the
    baking sun since 1984 are brittle from trying to reset one on the house next
    door and having it break on me. (I carefully tacked that one back together,
    spackled the bejesus out of it and moved on and came back later and painted
    it -- looks great! ;-))

    Since the warping does not extend behind the porch, scabbing in a siding
    board before it gets to the porch sounds like the best approach. That of
    course depends on me locating matching siding (I have been unable to locally
    so far but have some leads to some large lumber suppliers from who
    experience shows that they will be pretty disdainful of someone who wants to
    buy two boards and not several thousand linear feet.) or me faking it pretty
    good since both bad boards are right on the front of the house near the
    front door.

    I have watched (or passed by) people scabbing boards but my own experience
    in doing so is limited to about 10 inches of downboard on the chimney

    Any ideas or thoughts? Maybe a 1, 2, 3 recipe?

    FACE, Sep 7, 2005
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