rot in window cill--help!

Old 01-17-06, 12:53 PM
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rot in window cill--help!

Single Granny trying to do 10 years of defered maintance to sell my home.
Oh what fun! LOL

Finished basement window cill is rotten in laundry room.

Windows are Anderson with wooden frames.

How do I repair it?

Don't want to purchase new window if at all possible.

Thank you so much

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Old 01-17-06, 02:52 PM
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I'm guessing that the part of the window sill that is rotton is on the exterior side of the window, and not on the interior side?
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Window sill rot is very common - some just happen to be angled (or become angled when the house settles) that they collect water. Some are more exposed to rain. In any case, it's common and pretty easy to fix.

If you can easily get to the rot, take a screwdriver to it and clear out all the rotten wood that you can. Use a chisel to get down to good wood, apply wood stabilizer (available at most any home improvement store), fit a new piece of wood into the hole (if it's a big enough rot section), apply epoxy to the seams, and then paint it.
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You can take a reciprocating saw or a hack saw blade and cut laterally across the base of the rotted sill and remove it from the outside. The original framework was nailed from the bottom, and you won't be able to get to the nails to pull them out. Purchase a new sill and install it in the opening from the outside, shimming it from the bottom for a tight fit to the frame. Nail it in place, caulk and fill nail holes, paint.
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Cool It's fixed

Wanted to stop back to say THANK YOU. Most likely didnt fix it the "right" way, but it is fixed and looks great.

The rot was an quarter size hole with a 4 inch slit. I found a piece of balsa wood that came from the box I purchased a clock in. I made a paper pattern, cut the balsa wood to fit. filled the cill with Joint compound, and laid it in. I then sealed it with clear spray paint and painted it. It looks brand new.

Might not last forever, but certainly good enough for the sale of my home.

Thank you again for all your help

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