Nose and Sill on Window

Old 08-08-09, 03:32 PM
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Nose and Sill on Window

I have a wood window that was installed new in my home in 1995. There is rot on the sill, the nose and the window itself (sash is maybe the correct word).

I have attached photos (disregard the date stamp on the photos, they were taken today).

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My questions are:
1) Can the sill be removed an replaced? What will it take to do so? I already had the nose off (the photos show the nose back in place for illustration purposes). The window is stationary (meaning it can not be opened) and is about 64" wide and 72" tall, so hopefully I would not have to remove it since I do not have the skills.
2) If I can replace the sill, how would I attach the sill? There is brick all around and I would not be able to nail from underneath.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Old 08-08-09, 03:50 PM
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That is not the sill, that is the bottom of the sash. It can be repaired with epoxies designed for repairing wood. Minwax makes one and is easy to find at big box stores. Doing a good job may not be so easy. Get out as much of the rotted wood as possible, stabilize with wood hardener(also Minwax), then use the epoxy. Build it up past the edges, then sand it down when it sets. Follow directions.
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Did you do the digging or did you have help from the squirrels? Are you back to good wood? If so, one fix would be to use Minwax wood filler and "form" it to the original shape by rasping and sanding until the original look is attained. It is a two part epoxy that is stainable and paintable. You will have about 15 minutes to work with it, so I would do the window first, making sure it is perfect. I can't tell a lot about the sill since you removed the nose and returned it, but the same fix may be possible, once you buy a replacement nose and install it.
This type fix is hard and impervious to water and further rot. It is not as good as replacing all the bad stuff including the window, but for less than $10, try it first.


I love it when two answers are so close together in both timing and advice. Thanks Bill.

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