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Installing Vinyl Siding
Mar 16, 2018

Installing Vinyl Siding 

First, tie back branches from shrubs, trees. etc. away from the house so you'll have room to work. Remove anything that will interfere with the siding installation, such as lighting fixtures, downspouts, shutters, etc. Scrape old caulking out of the junctions between the old siding and windows, doors, etc., so vinyl accessories will fit better. 

If the walls are uneven (for example, you are covering lap siding), nail 1x3 furring strips l6" on center from the foundation to the eaves. Also nail furring strips around all doors and windows. Shim out any low spots so you have a flat surface to work with. 

Use a mason's line and line level to find the lowest corner of the house. Measure up from that corner the distance specified by the manufacturer, and snap a level chalk line all around the house. 

Using a chalk line as a guide, nail a starter strip all around the bottom of the building. Leave 1/4" between the ends wherever two pieces butt together (Fig. 4). 

Install the inside and outside corner posts. Leave 1/4" gap at the eaves, and let the post extend below the bottom of the old siding 1/4". 

Install J -channel on the sides, and then across the tops of all doors and windows. Notch the J-channel to provide a drip edge at the coners (Fig. 5). Then install J-channel along the sloped eaves at all gable end walls. 

Nail undersill trim under all windows and along all horizontal eaves. 

Install the siding panels, working from the starter strip up. Stagger the joints 4 feet apart. 

Overlap the panels 1" at each joint, with the overlap away from entrances or high traffic areas to minimize visibility (Fig. 6). Leave 1/4" clearance wherever the ends of panels butt into J-channel or corer posts.

Check every fifth or sixth course to make sure the run is level, and don't force the panels up against the previous row. The panels should hang loose. 

To notch a panel where it will fit under a window, first mark the section you'll be cutting out. Cut from the top of the panel with a tin snip, then score the panel horizontally with a utility knife and snap it apart. 

Dimple the cut edge 16" on center with the snaplock punch (make sure the lugs are on the outside of the panel), then push the siding panel into place. 

At the horizonal eaves, rip the panel to width with a circular saw (use a fine-toothed blade). Punch the cut edge 16" on center with the snaplock punch, then push the panel into place. 

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