The Right Vinyl Siding Tools Can Make a Difference
If you have ever had the opportunity to drive past new homes being constructed, you have probably noticed that some phases of construction seem to take forever, but others seem to be complete in a day. Vinyl siding installation is one of the phases that happens quickly, the installers show up, and in a day or two the house is sided. Installation usually goes quickly because the installers do it every day, and have a lot of knowledge on how to perform their work, but also because they have the right vinyl siding tools.
Vinyl Siding Tools
The good news is that if you are doing your own siding installation, you probably already have some of the vinyl siding tools that you will need. Most homeowners have a hammer, tape measure, and utility knife, which are 3 of the vinyl siding tools that you will use the most. Other vinyl siding tools that may come in handy:
- Ladders--Even if you have a one story home, a step ladder will come in handy;
- Snips--Tin snips will work fine;
- Circular saw--This is one of the easiest tools for cutting siding;
- Siding remover--This is a small inexpensive tool, and extremely handy if you have to remove siding;
- J Channel cutters--If you have a large home, you may want to invest in these;
- Jig saw--Handy for cutting out for electric outlets and light boxes;
- Caulk gun--You will need to do a lot of caulking after your siding goes on.
While doing your siding installation, remember to work safely. Vinyl siding tools can be dangerous, especially utility knives, powers saws, and ladders. Always cut on a secure surface, if you are on a ladder and need to trim a piece of siding, take it down and cut on the ground. Edges of vinyl siding that have been cut can be sharp, so wear gloves if possible.