Remove a vinyl mounting block cover?

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rokosz

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Hi, the attached photo shows what I believe is a vinyl siding mounting block with the "cover" in place.

I've tried pulling with my finger on the cente hole & using a putty knife around the edges to pry the cover away from the bezel. Neither cover wants to budge.

How do I remove them? Is there a special tool? -- if so, what's it called?
Maybe they're not supposed to ever be removed?(!).

I intend to mount speakers here. I don't feel I can trust the "flimsiness" nor the hollow behind the cover it for holding the speaker's weight. __And I'd like to clean the old bees nests out of them.

Anybody care to venture a answer or suggestion?

thanks folks.

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WindowsonWashington

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Pull the bezel.

Once you do that, you can pull the mounting plated via the screws/nails and reinforce with wood behind it.
 

rokosz

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Aha! Thanks Neal and Wow. I was beginning to think it was "fixed" and puzzling how to get something substantial in its place. I like the idea of keeping the cover -- for extra weather protex for the wood behind it... thanks again.
 

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All righty, yes, pulling the bezel gets me access -- but you folks knew that already. But that exposed another question: the vinyl courses are so tight to the block that I can't get at the fasteners for the block.
I'd prefer to not cut the face of cover, but rather, remove it, mount wood behind it, replace the cover, mount the speakers.

I presume I need to release some of the vinyl courses enough so I can get at the block fasteners. I know vinyl siding has some funky tools -- which do you think I'd need for this?

thanks all.
 

WindowsonWashington

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No need for special tools.

Just unlock it from the corners and bend it out of the was slightly to get the fasteners out.
 

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The right way is the way your trying to do it, remove the whole thing and add 3/4 plywood or OSB in the hollow area. That same size block can be bought that's solid faced so you could drill a smaller hole for the wiring.
Often times I can not find my Zipper tool so I just use my flat bar. Going to need one anyway to remove the roofing nails.
 

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