Could someone please tell me the best way to cut a piece of vinyl siding. I
have to replace a piece that the wind blew off and I have only one spare
piece so I don't want to cause it to crack when I cut it to size.
Thanks a bunch for any help.
Combine Steve and Greg's answers. Either buy a more expensive special vinyl
blade or get a paneling blade and put it on backwards. Tin snips also work
well, except it can deform the end a little bit.
Depending on what you own... If you want a simple straight cut a nice
miter saw with the blade on backwards works real well. (the
blade does cut the vinyl it grinds it (minimizing cracks and breaks)
With any powered device used to cut, make sure you do it slowly.
Fast cuts tend to break plastic.
Every suggestion you have gotten does work.
For the first time the safest method is long blade, long handled tin or
vinyl snips. This is about the same as using scissors. Make sure you cut
the end that is going to tuck into a channel and use the factory edge where
it overlaps the existing siding.
Note the word overlaps. Usually about 1" is the normal overlap factor.
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