Thursday, October 23, 2008

Taking Care of the Rot

Spent a little time putting wood consolidator into some soft spots in the wood of the windows I have been stripping of paint. I drill holes around the soft spots so the Liquidwood can fully sink into the wood. When the consolidator is tacky, I'll fill the holes with WoodEpox.


Dutch-House said...

I ran into a few rotted pieces like this. At first I was having cedar 2x12's milled down to get the correct thickness. It worked great but added a little bit of cost and alot of hassle. I have not used the product you are using, it may work fine. Recently I have been replaced trim on my house with cedar decking. It is 1 1/8 thick (same as my trim, maybe your too) no knots and will hold up for a long time. The only hassle is that it comes with bullnose on both sides, but if you cut them off and it will still be 5 inches wide. Just another option. Keep up the great work.

StuccoHouse said...

Dutch-house - The wood trim on my house is the original 80+ yr old old growth pine. With the exception of these small areas, it is hard as a rock and unlike anything you can buy today. It would have to be in really bad shape for me to replace it....and even then unless I could find some salvaged boards, I wouldn't be able to find anything near the quality. It's worth the effort :-) In sum total, I have replaced one board on my overhang and one piece of beadboard with new wood. I'm hoping that's it, but I may need to get new wood backband. The guy that replaced my rafter tails even mills salvaged wood.

Jennifer said...

I'll have to get some of that Abatron stuff to try out!

StuccoHouse said...

Jennifer - I think you would probably like it. It's pretty easy to work with and I really like the results. Although, its quite a bit more expensive than Bondo (but also lasts quite a while).

Garden Monkey said...

Hey Stucco House :)

I'm going to start a little wood repair this spring before I paint the trim. Where did you get the woodepox?? is there anyplace local that carries it??

Also, what did you use to scrape out the really rotted stuff??

I hope that I can manage the same results!


StuccoHouse said...

Garden Monkey - 7 Corners Hardware in St. Paul carries both WoodEpox & LiquidWood. I used a bottle opener to dig out some of the worst rot....then I drill a bunch of holes in just above the wosrt of the rot. You actually don't need to remove the rot if you use LiquidWood (consolidator)....the only thing you want to make sure of is that you get the LiquidWood to sink into all of the rotted area, not just the surface. Then use WoodEpox while the LiquidWood is still wet. Counterintuitive, but the thicker the WoodEpox, the faster it cures.

Working with those two products is pretty easy. I'm sure your results will turn out amazing.

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