Have the typical horiz. wood clapboards on house.
Have noticed that one of them has about a 2 inch diameter all the way
Looks like, perhaps, an animal was trying to get in.
Anyway, would like to repair the hole, and re-paint it, rather than
replacing the complete piece of siding, which is probably 6 or 9 feet in
What product would you suggest for plugging the hole ?
Would I be able to smooth out the surface after using it ?
Any thoughts or hints would be most appreciated.
Clean and sand, as best you can, the backside of the clapboard.
Insert a slat of wood (1/2" ply 6" long) behind the hole, with glue on
each the slat & the clapboard surface, and hold it in place by
screwing another slat, laid on the outside face, to the inside slat.
The screw, when tightened, will pull the inside slat tight against the
backside of the clapboard. Once the inside glued slat has dried to
the clapboard, you have a solid back foundation to help install any
filler or plug type repair. *Insert the screw into the outside slat,
in prep for the attachment to the inside slat.
You might already have an animal in there, like a rat or mouse.
The right way is to remove the siding on both sides of the hole, by the
studs. Replace that piece probably 16". However, a piece of tin does
wonders. with some epoxy under it, and a few small screws. Then use
some Bondo to smooth over it. Be sure to fill the hole with insulation
before patching if it goes deep in wall.
On Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:55:34 -0700 (PDT), "hr(bob) firstname.lastname@example.org"
A 2" hole is pretty large for just bondo. If it was my job, I'd
probably try to replace that piece of siding, but if there was no
replacement available, I'd fill the hole with "Great Stuff" foam, then
nail & glue tin over it, then apply the bondo. Large sections of bondo
like to crack.
Actually, to apply the tin, I'd countersink it 1/16 inch. Just carve
the surface off with a utility knife or use a router if possible.
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