Patching vinyl siding to repair small holes

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Patching vinyl siding to repair small holes

Our house (about 5 yrs old) has vinyl siding, in good condition, except there are 2 spots where there are holes in a piece of siding. Each hole is no larger than the palm of my hand. Both of them are in pieces either right at the bottom of a wall or one piece up. There is also a hole about the same size in the outside corner piece near one of the holes in the wall piece.

I've found videos on youtube etc, showing how to remove the siding and install new pieces. I've got a zip tool. But I do not think that either piece of siding above the ones I need to repair has enough "give" or flexibility that I'll be able to pull it out far enough even if I unhook it from the piece below.

In one case, there is a 110v outlet and covered box in the piece above the one I need to repair, right over the spot I need to repair in the lower piece. And both pieces are so close to a corner I'm afraid the upper one just won't move out far enough.

In the other case, the hole is where a former heat pump wiring and tubing penetrated the house. The wiring and piping for the new heat pump is right in front of both pieces, the one I need to repair and the one right above it.

My idea is to cut a piece of new siding and glue it over the holes with polyurethane construction adhesive. I found that technique in a This Old House video on how to repair holes in the vertical corner pieces, so it appears to be an acceptable technique. I'll repair the vertical corner piece that way anyway.

My perfectionist wife, however, wants it "done right". She is concerned that patching the siding (not the corner piece) won't work. She's concerned the new piece will stick out so far from the one it's glued to that it'll look ugly or "unprofessional".

I need opinions please, on what I propose to do.
 
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Old 06-04-11, 08:28 AM
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I did the patch thing on 2 spots at my old place....used clear silicone not poly. Cut it just so it would slide up tight to the lip/bend above it and overlap below. Basically just cut a piece from the exact same area on a new piece about 1/2" wider than the hole. Silicone around the edge, tape to hold it til it dried.

I was lucky to find a very close color match in the same style siding and it was almost invisible from 15' away. Also they were on the sides of the house...not front or rear where there was more traffic.

I think replacing a whole piece might be even more noticeable unless you pulled a replacement from a not seen area then, replaced that with the new piece.
 
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My son's home has a few places where a small patch piece was 'glued' in place. You have to be fairly observant to see them....... of course your wife will know where to look
 
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Old 06-04-11, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by tomseeley View Post
I do not think that either piece of siding above the ones I need to repair has enough "give" or flexibility that I'll be able to pull it out far enough even if I unhook it from the piece below.
Well there's the problem right there. You are thinking about it too much! If there is an outlet mounted on top of the siding, uremove the outlet box first. Or if the outlet is trimmed with a snap ring, pull that off first. There is pretty much no piece of siding that can't be unhooked, replaced and zipped back into place. Just do it!
 
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