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04:31AM | 11/13/03
Member Since: 11/11/03
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I discover that portions of the bottom plates on both sides of a french door have wood rot caused by moisture getting in around the door. The door is being replaced. After that what is the best method for repairing the rot without destroying the wall. My plan is to Sawzall the bottom plate from the subfloor and also remove enough of the studs to allow mw to slide in a doubled pressure treated 2x4 in the area. Any suggestions?


02:27PM | 11/16/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
You mention doing this after replacing the doors.
That would be a mistake. It will likely be easier to do the work while the doors are out. but even more important, when you remove the rotted wood and replace with new, you could have some settling or movement in this portion of framing - the same framing to which thew doors are hinged. That will effect the operation and fit of the doors, and possibly lead to a repeat of the leaking problem. A new door installation should include the application of pan flashing under the sill which will wrap up onto the cripple studs that you will be repairing.

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