Thursday, October 04, 2007

A Tale of Two Brackets

Start to finish.


Fargo 1928 said...

Just for the future of my brackets, did you use bondo to fill out the rotten areas? Also, how did you scrape out all of the rotten wood?

They look so good though. Great job!

StuccoHouse said...

I use Abatron's LiquidWood & WoodEpox...along with BoraCare. The thing about LiquidWood is that it's a wood consolidator, so you don't need to remove the rotted wood. You drill holes & let it sink into the rotted wood. I really like that product. I did remove some of the rot on the bracket because it was filled with carpenter ant eggs. Lovely. I think if you use the "overhang" label there are some photos of that.

cristina said...

BRAVO! It's beautiful. I hope before people wrap their houses in aluminum, they'll go by yours and see how stunning original windows, doors, and soffets can be. Or don't "normal" people notice stuff like that?

P.S. Thank you for all the useful info on Boracare + heatguns. Still haven't accomplished anything due to rain, rain, and more RAIN (could've used some a little earlier in the season). Maybe the weather will cooperate this weekend...

Josh @ Bungalow '23 said...

Look out, neighborhood-- here comes curb appeal!

I also appreciate the great info on your wood treatment chemicals. I've got several brackets that will benefit from your experience one day.

StuccoHouse said...

I'm glad the wood treatment info. helps. I have no idea how people restored houses before the internet.

It's kind of interesting when I go to my block party. About 30% of the people "get" what I am doing....about 20% have told me they think it looks nice although I don't think they "get" why I put myself through it.....and the rest just think I'm eccentric or crazy :-)

One of the bst parts of restoring the brackets was taking dow these huge hooks the PO had put into the ends of them. The day I bought the house, there were huge hanging basket plants hanging off the end of each one. My first offical act as the new owner was to take them down.

That, and the crisp edges under the paint.

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