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nncym27

12:54AM | 02/19/04
Member Since: 02/18/04
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It's the middle of winter and I've noticed rotting wood outside below and along side my bay window. The wood is not spongy, just so brittle it falls apart. Looking for a quick fix until Spring -- duct tape is covering the areas. (I just moved in 10 days ago!) Any suggestions to prevent water entering inside once the tape falls off?

k2

04:26AM | 02/19/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello nncym,

First, congratulations on your new home; I imagine you have your hands full. But this one probably should be higher-rather-than-lower on your priority list.

It's a little hard to picture this problem, so what I offer are just a couple of ideas that MIGHT work, depending on how and where the bad boards fit into the house. These ideas might spark some workable ideas for you.

"once the duct tape falls off"

You need to know what an insidious force water can be. I'd say you need to be a little more pro-active than waiting for the tape to fall off. Not to mention that duct tape on a house doesn't exactly add to a home's (or neighborhood's) visual appeal.

If it's just too miserable to fix it this time of year (understandable), I would look at (if it works with the problem and where it lies with respect to the house) something like nailing up a board that covers bad stretches. Then, applying caulk or flashing to prevent water infiltration. This would be a quick fix (just a board, some nails, and some caulk!) but definitely not a long term solution.

If you cap the bottom sill in such a manner, make sure it slopes DOWNWARD from the house.

If that doesn't work with how the window is set in there, you might try some other things along the same lines--like "capping" bad corners with "1-by" boards nailed together in a corner. Or using flashing. You need to use some creativity to figure out how to cover this up.

But remember, water always seems to find a way in. These are only a couple of ideas for VERY short term solutions!

Best of luck,
-k2 in CO

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