How to repair squirrel hole in siding near roof?

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Old 08-04-06, 10:09 AM
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How to repair squirrel hole in siding near roof?

Hello. Upon buying our first home, we discovered that squirrels had taken up residence inbetween our first and second floor. Using a wood plank and some steel wool, we've blocked off their entrance, but the wood and steel wool is only a short-term fix. Below the wood is a bit of rusting tin, which is bound to wear (and get chewed) away when the squirrels try to come back this winter.

Is there an easy way to patch - or cover - the tin? There's another hole in back that we stuffed steel wool in, and that will need to be fixed too.

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Any suggestions for plugging these holes in a non-hideous way would be very much appreciated (We plan on painting the wood to match the exterior.)
 
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Old 08-04-06, 11:30 AM
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Minwax, and others, makes an epoxy wood filler. It is a two part resin compound. Mix it according to directions and fill the hole to slightly overfull. It will only give you about 15 minutes of open time, so work diligently. Once it is set, rasp off and sand down and paint it. It is similar to Bondo used for auto body repair.
 
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