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|Monday 17th of April 2017, 10:20 - 1|
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Use a zip tool to unlock J-channels from vinyl siding.
The J trim channel is the groove in vinyl siding that locks the individual pieces together. Beginning at the bottom of the foundation, siding is installed by hooking a J-channel onto a protruding locking edge at the top of each successive siding piece. The tops are then nailed down, and another piece of siding is slid upwards until the J-bend hooks onto the next locking edge. That piece is then nailed into place, and the installation continues in this way. Because the J-channel is literally hooked beneath the previously mounted piece of siding, you will need a special tool to disengage the J-channel for galvanize ceiling system from the edge that locks it into place.
1. Locate an edge of the siding. This can be at a corner, a windowsill or a doorway.
2. Thrust a zip tool up, hook first, beneath the overlap where the J-channel resides. This will be where the J-channel connects to the locking edge of the lower piece of siding. In most cases, you will hear a distinctive "click" when the J-channel edge snaps into the hook on the zip tool.
3. Gently but firmly pull the tool down. The J-channel will be caught on the hook and will pull out from under the locking edge. Grasp the J-channel with your fingers as it unlocks and comes out. If the J-channel has not hooked, repeat the process. You may have to move an inch or so away from the end if the initial thrust if the zip tool does not connect correctly.
4. Slide the zip tool approximately 12 inches over, and repeat the procedure on an attached part of the J-channel. In many cases, once the initial J-channel end has been released, you can pull the rest of it apart by grabbing the end with your fingers and peeling the siding away much like you peel a banana.
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