04:51AM | 08/22/00
Member Since: 08/21/00
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As part of a multi-job contract, several windows in our kitchen needed to be fixed. The problem was that the wood casing (term?) was completely rotten with visible signs of fungus / mold growing. The wood itself has the consistency of a wet sponge. A problem.

The contractor arrived yesterday morning after we had gone to work and called me on the phone. He said it would be an easy job. I asked if he would prime the new casings white so that we could paint it with the proper color later. He said yes.

When we got home, I saw there were vinyl forms where the wood was with thick white caulk beads around sealing the joint to the siding of the house. I thought about this for a minute and got real skeptical. Taking a putty knife to one corner, I pulled up the vinyl strip to find that they had not done anything more than nail them to still-there and still-rotten wood.

I'm furious! I'll be dealing with the contractor today but wanted to get the conventional wisdom here...

Rotten wood = remove rotten wood correct?

There's no evidence of the rot on the inside of these windows but I'm concerned about the extent of this job. Should I be replacing the casing on the outside or just going for the whole window?



02:58PM | 08/22/00
Member Since: 07/04/00
36 lifetime posts
HI CLBE the rotten wood needs to be replaced the so called contractor did not do the job the way you wanted it done. what he did do is just hide the problem. what you need to do is pull off the exterior wood that is bad and visualy inspect for any damage to the main window. hopeful there wont be any. also you will want to find out why it rotted it leaking behind the siding? good luck on your project.
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