Replacing Wooden siding shingles

How to Replace a Wood Siding Shingle

Replacing or repairing wood

You can usually nail down a warped or loose shingle, but if a shingle is broken or missing, you’ll need to replace it.

Here’s how:

1) Pull out the broken pieces.

2) Pry out the nails that held the shingle in place (these are located under the next course up the wall). The easiest tool for doing this is a flat bar, but sometimes it’s easier to cut the nails off with a hacksaw blade.

3) Cut a replacement shingle to the proper width; allow about 1/4 inch of clearance between this shingle and its two neighbors to allow for expansion.

4) Place the shingle in position, leaving its butt about 3/8 inch below the butt line of the adjacent shingles; nail it with two shingle nails, spaced about 1 inch in from the sides and just beneath the butts of the shingles above. Once you are done nailing, drive the shingle upward the last 3/8 inch to hide the nailheads.

5) To blend the shingle with the grayed tones of aged shingles, brush on a mixture of baking soda and water.


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  • Makes 2.5 gallons; Can be used with pressure washer; Cleans about 500 sq ft
  • Will not harm/discolor shingles. Restores natural color to pine, cedar, redwood, cypress and birch
  • For use on decks, siding, fencing, docks, cedar and asphalt roofs, gazebos, brick and concrete
  • It is a water-base product, containing no bleach. It will not harm shingles or bleach wood. No scrubbing needed
  • Makes 2.5 gallons; Can be used with pressure washer; Cleans about 500 sq ft.

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Anyone have luck with attracting bats?

My neighbors are replacing their siding, and had a bat colony under their exterior window shutters. I just put up a wooden bat house I bought at a wild bird store. I have a single story, with A frame, and placed the bat house on the west side about 20' from the ground. I only have west and east exposures that would be suitable for placing it.
I am really hoping the bats will take up residence there, since their home was destroyed! I went to get some guano from the neighbor, but too late, he has hualed his shingles away. I have heard that while not proven, bat guano might attract them to colonize the bat house

Ogdensburg home rehabilitation program gears up for phase two, on schedule  —
Some homes will receive extensive and visible rehabilitation, including the installation of vinyl siding, roofing and windows. Other homes won't have an obvious exterior update but will have new furnaces or flooring put in.

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  • Avatar outbackprophet What router bit would you need to make horizontal wooden siding?
    Apr 23, 2007 by outbackprophet | Posted in Do It Yourself (DIY)
    • You would be better-off getting a shaper with the head shapes that were recommended. Even with a router table it is hard to control the passage of the wood past the router cutters. The shaper makes it easy and keeps you from ruining a long piece of wood.

  • Avatar User 00101 Must a house have all the same kind of window blinds? Or some vertical, some horizontal?
    Aug 16, 2012 by User 00101 | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    I'm thinking of having window blinds installed, the aluminum ones, horizontal, thin. Because some windows slide open, I was thinking of having wide, vertical ones for those windows. To prevent a big mismatch, I was thinking of having all the 1st floor south side with vertical (those rooms don't have other windows) and all other rooms horizontal.

    Is this idea a bad idea?

    Are aluminum blinds out of style?

    • I tend to like to makes sure there is a continuity to the front of the house for curb appeal. At the end of the day you can do what ever you like. As a whole aluminum and verticals are out of style, but if you have a mod …n't beat a 2" faux or real wood blind when it comes to style function and affordability. Most folks will put a vertical blind on sliders and such because they are the most affordable. Good luck!


  • Avatar WillBe Large One Sided In-Wall aquarium?
    May 01, 2007 by WillBe | Posted in Fish

    I am building a new house and want to put a 100gallon tank in an already existing 72”x24”x15” hole/indent in the wall. I am looking for advice and tips in placing the tank.

    I am green when it comes to aqua … etc.. will they all fit in the 4” gap behind the top horizontal flap?
    •Will cleaning it be a problem? The location does not have direct sunlight but it quite well lit.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    • The only problem i can think of is the 4 inch gap. I made a stand for my 55gal with a 40 gallon below it. The gap was about 4" also and it can be a hassle servicing the tank. I had My overhead sump filter for that t …m to fit on in, get two hanging filters. The only problems with this is that it would mean that you would need a gap in the back to put the filter as well as a sufficient gap above it to service it (replace filter, etc).