How to Mark the Wall for Siding Repair


Most of the time house owners are required to do repair work on the siding of their house due to the weather elements or even because of occasional item that hits the side of the house like a fallen tree. In order to repair your exterior siding, it does not involve the task of replacing a few clapboards and then touching them up with paint. House owners who want to repair house siding they need to know a few basic tools and carpentry skills in order to make their task much easier. One of the most important things about marking the wall for siding repair is that you must always remember the Carpenter’s Rule about measuring and marking which are Measure Twice and Cut Once. By measuring twice, you would be able to reduce mistake in your measurement of the sidings. To be in the save side another tips that you can use from the Carpenter’s Rule is If You Are Going To Cut Wrong, Cut It Long. This is true because once you have cut too much of your sidings or woods, you could not turn back to its original size.

To mark the wall for siding repair, you need:

  • Measure Twice and Cut Once
  • Always cut longer than the exact measurement
  • Tape measure
  • Square
  • String line
  • Known-straight board
  • Angles
  • Level

  • Plumb
  • T bevel
  • Carpenter’s pencil
  • Regular pencil
  • Utility knife
  • Chalk line
  • Plumb bob
  • Keel
  • Felt-tip marker
  • Compass

Marking the Wall for Siding Repair

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How to Mark the Wall for Siding Repair

  • The most common tools that you can use before you can do any marking on the walls for siding repair is a tape measure, a 200-foot tape measure or even a 4-foot T-square.
    • Once you have learned on how to use most of the measuring tools, it will be much easier for you to do any kind of markings on the wall for your siding repair works.

Whenever you are measuring with a tape measure, it is recommended that you use inches only instead of feet. For instance, when you are measuring a specific distance of 7 feet, 8-5/8-inches, it is much easier for you to report it as 92-5/8-inches.

  • You can use a either a pencil in order to mark the location and then score the damaged exterior siding clapboard repeatedly by using a carpenter’s knife. This step will create a relief line and you might want o employ the usage of a straight edge for the same process.
    • The existence of this relief line will enable you to make sure that the damaged siding breaks along this line once it is time for you to remove the piece of siding later on.
  • Another method of marking your wall for siding repair is to use a keel or also known as a lumber crayon which is a big or sturdy wax crayon in order to create certain markings.
    • It is suitable for creating big kind of marks such as for a crow’s foot located on a surface that is far away.
    • It can also be used for marking on rough-cut timber where a carpenter’s pencil may not be able to do so due to the uneven surface of the timber.
    • Lumber crayon is a much preferred marker used on concrete and stone, plus it is not only waterproof but also much more scuff-proof than a pencil line.
  • Another option is to use a Felt-tip marker where its line is so distinct and able to mark certain surfaces very well rather than using a pencil.
    • But if you are going to use this method, make sure that it is not a permanent mark because you should not be using a permanent marker on your exterior siding.
  • For those of you who want to cut boards in an angle position, it is recommended that you use a T bevel tool against the trim piece and the gable in order to get the right angle of the cut.
    • You should ensure that the wing nut is tightened and also use the T bevel to mark the siding boards for cutting the damaged section.

    Always remember that whenever you want to mark the wall for siding repair and you are using a tape measure, make sure you do not allow the tape to slam by itself back into its case because this can damage the hook or even the tape where the hook attaches. You should carefully slow it down once the hook is about to enter the case.

    • Make sure that no sand or mud or wet concrete or any kind of debris gets into the tape because once if it does and sits inside the tape without being used for quite sometimes, the substance can permanently immobilize the reel of the tape. You must always make an effort to wipe off any substance from the tape before you let it reel in.
    • You need to learn the art of reading a tape measure. Therefore, always asked someone who has the knowledge or even try to get a quick lesson from someone before make any mistakes in your measurement.

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