How To Install Vinyl Siding Accessory Mounting Blocks



hi I'm Shannon from host improvements calm today's video I'm gonna talk to you a little bit about these siding blocks so they're an accessory that you can use with vinyl siding and it just makes it easier for trimming around obstacles that are protruding out of the wall so some of the examples would be like a event for your bathroom fan or your dryer and that's what this one here would be this one here it's it's really designed to go around hose bibbs or your waterline like that that's coming out of the wall but it can go around a lot of different different obstacles mainly because it actually comes apart and you can there's some actual little lines on the back that you can cut out if you need to for different shapes and sizes but you can custom cut it to whatever you want really but it's great for those objects like that where there's a pipe coming out of the wall and you can't remove the pipe to put this on and put the pipe back through so this will just you can cut out whatever shape you need place this back around the obstacle and it would get nailed on the wall and then what happens with all of them let's just say that spigot was here what happens with all of them is you can measure and cut all your siding within 1/4 or 3/8 of this the inner box put all your siding on and then when you're all finished you simply snap this trim ring on like that which basically kind of forms a j' around the object and hides all your cuts and that sort of thing so so they're very handy like I said this one will do a lot of different aspects or a lot of different objects protruding from the wall on it so it's really handy one so there's that there's ones like this in different sizes used for light blocks electrical panels maybe the electrical shutoff for your air conditioning unit those sorts of things and they like I said they come in different sizes and really they're they're the same idea there's the trim ring that slides off you've got this blah blah core hub that you can cut out whatever shape you need to fit around the object that you're working with nail it to the wall and cut your siding install your siding and slide your trim ring back on these also come in gable and vents all kinds of different different products and it's a lot easier than trying to J around these objects individually and get a nice look so they're they're pretty easy to deal with really this one's already installed so I'll just pull the cover off so we had a pipe just like this coming through the wall we were able to slide this first piece in which looks just like this okay and it's got the damper inside already they will come with a pipe most of them will come with a pipe extension as well in this case we didn't need it the pipe was already brought right out to where we were working so you put this on use a little level get it leveled nail it all in place there's different slotted holes all the way around I nail these snug unlike siding where you need it to move a little bit these you can nail snug and then what I do whether I've got just foam here or I've got hoe strap I'll put a strip of tape across the top so any water that gets behind your siding is still shed out and around and not in behind the flange here and possibly into the hole or whatever you you've got going on in the wall so so I'll just show you installing this one on the pant just to kind of show you how easy they are get a couple things here for me so if they still installed with the same fasteners that you do for your siding so basically you put it in place in this case we've got the pipe dictating where where we need to be and get it roughly in place where you want to throw a level on some part of it so that you can get an idea of level I've got two inches of foam here so I can push that through quite a ways I'm just going to double check still good basically usually start with my four corners and then depending on the size and shape and everything else I may use some of these other holes and I'm and then I may not usually I like to use most of the ones across the top that holds the top back nice so that when I tape it it's not bulging out on the tape seals well okay so we've got that then I simply take some sheeting tape and you'll notice I'm using white and that's because I just find that the white if it happens to show around the edge it looks better than the red but I also try to keep it up where it hopefully won't show so I don't put it right down tight on in that corner because once your siding is all on there usually if you keep it up a bit it'll all cover with the siding you won't see it because what happens is when these covers go on and you probably can't see from that camera camera angle but you can see in a little bit so you will see you will see that first that quarter inch where your siding isn't covering anyways okay so pretty easy so then obviously next step would be measuring Kyle my siding snap into place and once I've totally sided around the whole obstacle and I can put the covers on and they go on really easy they have a little bit of resistance coming off but I don't I don't know if I've ever seen one of these blow off or come off on their own so they actually hold quite well okay so uh so that's that one and like I said on the faucet I'm not going to install it but I'll basically show you kind of what's what's involved here so we've got a water spigot here already projecting out of the wall simply take this apart if you need to cut the the hole or the opening in it a little bigger you can I think this one's actually going to fit I need to just get this behind there's a plate on here I need to get the trim behind it extra pipe there's just get it off me in behind slide the other half in that kind of snaps to get the two halves kind of snap together here on the side so then the same thing I'd put the level on get it straight get my corners done then I always put a nail in this this here to you because that's what keeps that joined together so like I said that will work around a lot of different obstacles the other one that I have today that I'm going to show is for the light box for octagon box on the outside for your lights I'm just gonna grab a couple things and head up there okay so for the light box one of the first things we need to do is because I'm going to get rid of this cover because the box itself projects from the wall we can't use that as a electrical device box so you need to extend the box the existing box that you have so with an off to gone it's pretty easy because you can buy these rings I believe each one of these is half-inch there could be actually one inch rings I'm not sure but half inch is what I are one inch is what I need so I'm going to use two half inch rings I'm gonna put these on my existing box and that just extends the metal box out far enough to enclose the wiring illegally so I'll just quickly do that okay so I've got my extension rings on there and obviously my wires were all back in there now I've also already off-camera taken and cut the circle four inch circle that I need for these boxes out of the out of the mounting box so it's big enough to fit this now next what I want to do is just Center myself on the rings that I added in and get my self level just give a little mark there so I kind of know where I should be stick these guys in tack one in and I'll double check I didn't hit anything in that one hole so it will obviously put some more nails in but you can see it's just as easy as what I did with the vent cap they're really not sure okay so we got that on in place now your light fixture obviously you can still use the screws on these extension rings to mount however your light fixture goes on I'm gonna do that bit of flashing with the tape across the top like I did down below and like so that just helps direct any water from getting right behind there should direct it open around okay so really it's as simple as that you do your siding pop your ring back on mount your light and you're done so you can see they're quite a time-saver if I was to take the time to have to jay around all this stuff which in this case this isn't very easy because you're dealing usually with a round base on the back of your light so it's pretty tough to Jay around something round so you'd have to mess around with some other kind of flat metal and then Jay around that or something like it's this just saves so much time so and I I don't know there's quite a few different manufacturers you can't always get these to match every siding color so you know you got to kind of pick and choose a little bit so you may even have to go with something that's offsetting from your siding but in a lot of the cases you'll find something that's if it isn't the same color it's a very close match so okay so I think I think really that's all I can show you with those vinyl siding boxes mounting blocks I should say and you can see that it's easy to do and it really saves you a lot of time and it's worth the money thanks a lot for watching and check us out on our Facebook or Twitter patreon give us the thumbs up of course if you like this video and we'll see you in the next one you

22 Comments

  • Greg O

    April 13, 2019

    Great video. I was wondering about why you only tape the top edge of the J-blocks? Shouldn't all sides be taped? or is there any harm in taping all sides? Also, shouldn't the faucet have some caulking behind it, between it and the j-block?

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  • JJ Deadhead

    April 13, 2019

    Great video, thanks! Going beyond this, after installing the siding would you caulk around the mounting/light/utility block before you attach the face plate?

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  • bosconian901

    April 13, 2019

    Can these be used on stucco for an exterior light fixture installation to give it a more fancier type of look? If so, will it qualify as a junction box? Thanks.. nice video of information

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  • paul langis

    April 13, 2019

    After watching many videos of mounting block installations, I fail to see how water will not make it under the vinyl siding at the bottom of the mounting block.

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  • njmtbiker

    April 13, 2019

    The one you mentioned you use for a light block, do you need to have a junction box behind it or can you run line through the wall? Will it be sturdy enough to hold a motion sensored security light?

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  • Howard Meyers

    April 13, 2019

    Should your siding go up tight around the elect. Block

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  • Howard Meyers

    April 13, 2019

    What are the bes tin snips

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  • ctram9

    April 13, 2019

    Could you direct me to a video of how to repair the space on a wall where you have removed a half wall ? ,

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  • RBBA Ltd

    April 13, 2019

    Great video, love the content. I am trying to emulate your channel for a UK audience and was hoping you could have a look at my channel and make some comment on it. I think there needs to be more educational videos for our industry as the amount of trades ripping people off is incredible, hence I want to teach them how to DIY

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  • Max M

    April 13, 2019

    Shannon you are the man! I grew up with a single mother in rental homes and I simply never learned anything substantial about handiman skills, home repairs, renovations, woodwork, etc. Now I'm in my 30's with a good career and my wife and I bought our first house a couple years ago. This youtube channel has been enormously helpful not just for the good detailed instructions but also for being so watchable. Just watching your videos gives me the confidence to learn how to do jobs around the house myself rather than opening up the phone book. And so far I've had some good successes with various installations, fixes, and outdoor woodwork with may DIY plans on the list for the future!

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  • Greg T

    April 13, 2019

    I've driven around checking out homes trying to solve my problem of adding lights on my vinyl sided garage. I just didn't want them to look junked into place. These boxes and surrounds solved the issue for me. Thanks for sharing. I'm on my way to the home store for the solutions

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  • paul langis

    April 13, 2019

    how do you stop the water from running under the siding when it gets below the block?

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  • Ed Novak

    April 13, 2019

    Do folks use these type of blocks for hardie installations as well?

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  • kenour

    April 13, 2019

    7:30 Upside down? The way it clicked together it looked like it was upside down, then the tell tale 'bottom' label gave the game away ?

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  • larry smoker

    April 13, 2019

    U may have said something and I missed it but how tight did u nail these down. Do they also need to expand like the siding

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  • Troy C

    April 13, 2019

    ??

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  • Andre Viens

    April 13, 2019

    Great! Would you be able to follow up with a mounting block that is installed after siding is up?

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  • Marcel Daigle

    April 13, 2019

    Grrrrr. Where was this video when I had to re side 1 wall this summer lol. Again, another great video! Hello from Nova Scotia

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  • Rick

    April 13, 2019

    You have a great concise way you explaining the subject at hand.

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  • Joe Malovich

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks! I requested this a while ago.

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  • chipshot442

    April 13, 2019

    Nice Job, thanks for the great video!! Al from Maryland

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  • John Grytbakk

    April 13, 2019

    Thanks.

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