Protecting exposed wood at base of house


Old 04-29-04, 10:58 AM
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Protecting exposed wood at base of house


A number of years ago we replaced our wood siding with vinyl siding.
We put Tyvek and 1" DowGuard Styrofoam over the sheathing before putting in the siding.
As we went around the house, either we weren't perfectly level or the house wasn't (it don't think it really matters which), and there are areas where wood is exposed under the bottom row of siding.
I always thought that this was the bottom plate, but it is probably the bottom of the sheathing.
I want to protect this wood from the elements. With the foam and siding, there is enough overhang that it isn't really affected by rain running down the house, but rain splashing on the ground and snow will get it wet.

What would be the best way to protect this wood? I think it is too weathered to hold primer or paint. I was thinking of something like the black stuff that is used on roofs (I think it is called roofing cement, I have also heard the term "Mulehide").

Any input on the best method to protect this wood would be appreciated.

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Old 04-29-04, 08:11 PM
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The best bet is to wash it with soap and some bleach, let it dry a couple of days, prime and paint.
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