Introduction: Vinyl Siding Hammer Invention

This instructable covers the significant steps involved in taking the siding hammer idea from concept to patent. Vinyl siding expands and contracts with temperature changes. If vinyl siding is nailed too tightly the siding gets trapped and is unable to move properly - this causes unsightly buckling. The siding hammer helps to keep the nails from being driven too tightly.

Step 1: Some Drawings From the Patent

The drawings give a pretty good idea of how a basic idea can be expanded to different variations that end up having the same function. I included in the patent most all variations that I thought of at the time. Some of the alternative designs are more practical than others.

Step 2: Video of Prototype Development and Testing

The video points out why the siding hammer is needed and some of the steps I took to get from concept to the patent stage.

Comments

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jon_chalk (author)2015-03-07

Great idea. Another wonderful invention being added to the list of Canadian inventors.

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a.steidl (author)2015-03-16

Good work. I was recently talking with someone about vinyl siding, and why it buckles on some structures but not others, and of course, nails being too tight on those that buckled was the reason. I know a few contractors who'd possibly be interested in this.

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analogcatastrophe (author)2015-03-15

So clever! Congratulations :D

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seleniebeanie67 (author)2015-03-08

WOW! I learned how to do siding this past summer and I never knew why siding buckled like that - I thought it was just expansion & contraction due to heat & cold temperatures. This is very well thought out - well done! I looked on Kent's, Canadian Tire, true Value, Home Hardware & Home Depot's web sites & it's not there - where are they?

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ringai (author)seleniebeanie672015-03-09

It is from the heat and cold, it happens though, when the siding is nailed tightly to the wall. You've got to leave that little bit of play under the nailhead to let the siding move as needed.

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Still waiting for assistance from a marketing/entrepreneurial genius to give me a hand.

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pfred2 (author)2015-03-07

Seems like too obvious an idea to patent to me. Here's a better one, hold a nail in a comb, then remove the comb when the nail is driven. I am releasing that idea into the public domain right now so it is unpatentable.

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nlinventor (author)pfred22015-03-09

Most ideas seem obvious once they are revealed. You would no doubt have heard of the "why didn't I think of that" comment.

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Spencer Snider (author)2015-03-07

This product is in a very specific field of consumers

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cerberustugowar (author)2015-03-07

cool idea and good video!. I am hoping to do some vinyl siding in the future. I couldn't see this being used by people who regularly install siding and I don't know if someone who is installing very little (like doing a shed) would justify whatever cost it would be. Possibly a universal, attach it when you need it would be taken up by more people.

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Figures 22, 23 and 24 in the patent drawings above show adapters to fit regular hammer heads. Not ideal but not totally impractical either. If a dedicated siding hammer is used only once for a shed or whatever the hammer could then be modified and adapted to some other creative uses. Maybe just a two headed flat hammer if the little nubs are cut off.

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