Repairing Clapboard Barn Siding

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Old 06-28-10, 10:25 AM
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Repairing Clapboard Barn Siding

I am just getting the use of a historic barn that will soon be getting a new roof. However, there seems to be multiple holes in the exterior walls of the barn and I am wondering if there is a particular method to repair/patch holes that are three to five inches in diameter. I am not sure what has caused the holes, but a patch solution is what I am currently exploring. Any suggestions on materail would also be appreciated.
 
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Old 06-28-10, 01:31 PM
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How weather tight do you need the walls to be?

Normally you'd replace the boards with large holes although I suppose you could cut a patch piece of wood [same thickness as the siding] and then secure it using plywood [if you have access to the backside] or some strapping secured to the siding on each side of the hole. You'd caulk the perimeter of the patch piece to the siding.

You could also tack on a thin piece of sheet metal or aluminum to cover the hole.
 
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