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Posted on Woodpecker plywood damage repair thoughts and the correct tool

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#1 posted 02-12-2019 06:56 PM

My condolences to you and your dilemma. We used to have a cedar sided home and an abundance of Flickers, so I know your pain.

Things I have found doing the same fix.

1) If you are lucky the “patch” will look good from 2 feet, Most of them thankfully look Ok at 10’, better at 20’. Make sure to cut patches from wood to mimic the grain of the piece of siding, you are fixing.

2) A pattern of your “standard fix” should be just big enough to fill the largest hole without making the smaller ones look huge, either that or a few patterns for S M L sizes.

3) A cordless rotary tool like this one can get the work done, without having to lug an extension cord around. Note these come with almost all brands and volts of cordless tools. Many will support a router bit with better wood cutting capabilities. These didn’t exist when I last did this, so I just wrapped the cord around me, and brought it along that way, make sure to have ample cord.

Make your pattern to run off the bump ring surrounding the bit. If you are comfortable you can hand hold the pattern while to you cut an access spot. If not go up and screw the pattern on, go down and swap screw gun for cut out tool, and make your hole. Generally a rectangle is easier to size than a round hole for me. YMMV.

On stain it looks in the close up like your siding has a solid color finish/stain, but in the far shots looks like it’s a clear stain. Clear is really hard to match repairs on, at least it is my experience, but I am not a painter, perhaps a good painter could give tips. But some stain of the like color is going to look better than nothing on bare wood. Especially from 10’

Some may say to just cut out the bad pieces of lap siding. A pretty good video here touches on that process.

Your biggest problem is how to keep from having the problem again? You can try one of those Owl decoys, but they don’t work. A Flicker used to roost on ours, and singggggg. Making habitat to draw in predatory birds that don’t have drilling beaks may be a good plan, just takes a few years to get it going.

I’ll add this last, but it’s a thought. You wrote about where these damaged areas are, and I got a feeling your didn’t care for the 10’, but were a bit scared of the 20’. There are 2 things for that.

Hire it done.

Rent one of these, in my area around 250/day, if you can park it to where you can swing the bucket, you’ll be safe, and able to do 20’ like it was nothing.

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