Replacing Rotten Exterior Window Trim

Old 05-30-04, 07:45 AM
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Replacing Rotten Exterior Window Trim

Im doing some work for the owners of a 13-year-old house and they have asked me to replace the rotting exterior trim around many of their windows. The old trim is 5/4 x 4 finger jointed pine that looks like it was not adequately protected. What should I watch out for?

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Old 05-30-04, 12:54 PM
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Pry the rotted trim off and remove all nails. Check and re-caulk around the widow flanges if necessary.
Personally, I would go back with pressure-treated trim.
Good Luck!
Old 05-31-04, 07:47 AM
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Watch out for...

Ok.. First things first... Pry the old trim off... After you get everything off and CLEAN the area up... Check, Double Check, and Triple Check that there is no rot underneath it... Find some good exterior trim that will A) either match or B) that the owners like and they agree for you to install... Once you have it ready, prep the surface... Get it ready for the trim... You may have to install something to keep the rain, etc. out... Make sure that you thoroughly caulk the surfaces and put construction adhesive on the trim in addition to nailing it on... Once the trim is installed, then prime everything if you haven't already done that... In fact, I would recommend that you prime everything before you install the pieces... Once primed and CAULKED, then paint the surfaces. Make sure that you thoroughly and completely paint the surfaces.. Once done correctly, they shouldn't have any problems for many years to come.. Also do yourself and the homeowners a favor and use a very good quality primer... Alot of the problems with paint is caused by poor preparation and poor products...

Good Luck and Have fun...
Old 05-31-04, 08:24 PM
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Thanks for all your suggestions--


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