06:29AM | 07/23/99
When I removed a dmaaged, short ceramic tile wall between a shower stall and tub, I found some minor rot in the framing on the exterior wall: If you picture an upside down "T", the rot is found in the bottom 5"-6" of the upright, and for about a foot in the horizontal base wood (about 5"-6" on either side of the upright). The horizontal base wood lies on the concrete slab foundation (this is a Houston, TX area home; we don't have basements). Is there any way to remove only those portions that are damaged? I don't want to remove the entire ceramic tile wall because I can't match the tile, which makes up the entire exterior wall side of the bathroom.

If the small repair is possible, what tools do I need to remove the damaged section of wood (remember, there are bricks on the exterior side of the wall), and how do I maintain the integrity of the frame? Would I need to use some kind of brace attached at each "seam" created when the new wood is inserted?

You can probably tell I'm a rank amateur at this, but I follow directions well. My last "rot replacement" project was residing one side of my house, and it looks better now than it ever did before!!

Thanks for any help!


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