Hello Mr. Bob Vila. I have a bay window with an inside sill that has some water damage to it and it needs to be replaced. I wish to do so myself, but am in need of your expertise as to the proper way to do it. My question to you is can this be accomplished without having to remove the window itself from the frame or house? I wish to cut and remove the damaged sill and replace it with a piece of 3/4" plywood (which is basically what it is currently constructed of). There does not appear to be any other damage anywhere else as I have removed the trim, pryed up the sill a bit and peeked inside. The jambs/sheetrock appear to be okay from what I can see. We had strong winds with rain blow through and travel from the west side of the house to the Bay window on the east side of the house. I have enclosed a photo of the sill with water damage for you to view. If it is difficult to ascertain from this photo, please let me know and I will submit another photo as I really need to get this repaired. I need to know if the sill is supporting the window and if removing the sill will compromise the window in any way. The sill appears to go under the window into what appears to be a U or a J channel and appears to be stappled and screwed into the sill from outside. I used a saber saw and cut straight down into the sill along side the jambs. I have showed the photo to window specialists at Home Depot, Lowes and Manards and get very different answers. I respect you and your knowledge of home improvement matters and await your reply. Thank you in advance. P.S. I am a HUGE fan of yours :)
05:43PM | 08/23/13
I don't believe Bob actually reads and responds to these himself. It's a community forum.
06:26PM | 08/23/13
Don't go to big box stores for answers, that's like going to CVS and asking the cash register clerk what drugs to take for your cold.