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Replacing some rotting wood from around window

Old 11-11-04, 06:51 AM
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Replacing some rotting wood from around window


I would like to replace some of the wood that goes around the window on the exterior of the house.

The project seems pretty easy, but I want to make sure I do it right. It seems like all I have to do is buy some new wood, cut it to size by matching it against the old wood, paint it and nail it in, but perhaps that sounds too easy.

Do I need to buy specially treated wood or prime it? Do I need to put any type of material behind the wood?

Please take a look at these photos to see what I am talking about:

Photos of the window I am talking about


Old 11-12-04, 05:53 AM
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Your on the right track.
Do as you stated, No it doesn't HAVE to be treated wood, but you do need to prime it before painting. Looks like it was caulked with paintable caulking.
Paintable caulking shrinks ( like it did in the picture ) causing it to leak,and you don't want that. Check the nail fin to make sure it was caulked in and it fits the house. ( meaning if you can see through nail holes ) if you can caulk all nail holes.

After you install the new wood, try to find a construction grade caulking like Dow corning 795, it comes in colors to match windows or siding.

Caulking I mentioned is just my preference, you could just try to find a silicone BASE color caulking
Old 11-26-04, 12:57 PM
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Quote: "I would like to replace some of the wood..."

Some? I think you'd be better off replacing all pieces. Just as easy to cut eight as it is to cut one.

Good advice by Glasman2 up above. The only thing I'd add is when you prime - prime all four sides and both ends of each piece.


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