when to call it quits on your old front door

when to call it quits on your old front door

How To Cut Vinyl Siding

Carrie Castillo

Vinyl siding costs less than other types of siding, and it commonly lasts a long time. However, when you need to replace or install siding, it helps that you know how to cut it.

The cutting method commonly depends on the type of cut you need. It may sound difficult to cut vinyl siding, but  it is easier than you think. you should be able to manage the job by following these steps.

Prepare to Work

To cut vinyl siding, you need:

  • work gloves
  • eye goggles
  • work table
  • pencil cloth
  • sandpaper
  • carpenter's square
  • tape measure
  • level
  • utility knife
  • tin snips
  • circular saw with fine-tooth blade jigsaw

Lay the siding on a flat surface, measure the area you need to cut, write it on paper, if needed, and mark it on the siding with a pencil. The pencil marks should wash off during the next rain, or wipe them with a damp cloth. If you are replacing the siding, use the old piece as a guide to measure length.

Cut with a Circular Saw

Circular saws are suggested for making short. vertical cuts. Attach the cutting blade to the saw backward to help make the smoothest cuts. 

Saw blades are measured in Teeth Per Inch, or TPI. The suggested TPI for this project is 36 TPI. Don't cut material other than siding with the blade backward.

Double check the measurements before you cut, and place a carpenter's square below the piece to make right angles with the table edge. Carefully cut the extra siding as you hold the carpenter's square, and follow the edge of the table as a guide. Use the jigsaw to fit siding around doors and windows.

Use Tin Snips for Short, Vertical Cuts

Tin snips work best for making long, vertical cuts. When you cut with tin snips, only close them two-thirds of the way to get straighter cuts.

If the first run doesn't cut the siding all the way, open the tin snips, and push them to the front. Keep cutting until the extra siding breaks. If necessary, sand the edges to smooth them. 

Make Horizontal Cuts

A utility knife is an ideal way to make horizontal cuts since these cuts are commonly too long for tin snips or a saw. Place a level at the marks, and cut lengthwise with the knife using medium pressure.

Bend the  cut strip along the score line to break it. If you can't break the strip, pull it back and forth until it loosens.


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when to call it quits on your old front door

How old is the front door on your home? Have you ever walked past the door and felt a cool breeze coming from under it? Could it be time to replace your front door, or can you repair the one that you have? My site is filled with advice and tips for learning when to replace and when to repair a front door. You can learn from my personal experience of living in older homes how to know when it is time to call it quits on the old stuff and invest in new. Hopefully, my failures and successes can help you avoid the failures and go straight for the success.