replace just end of trim or whole piece (dry rot)?


Old 09-02-18, 05:33 PM
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replace just end of trim or whole piece (dry rot)?

I have some places where trim around doors etc are rotted because snow has sat against the wood in the winter I would suspect?

One area the rot is only about 5 inches on a maybe 6 or 7 foot long piece of trim. I dug out the rot (very easily I must say) with a 5 in 1 tool and was thinking of sawing it off straight with maybe a jigsaw and then just getting a small section of trim the same size to nail in there and then caulking the joint of the 2 pieces.

Should I do this or replace the entire 7 foot section of trim?

Does it matter either way?
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Old 09-03-18, 01:38 AM
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Do what is easiest. I find replacing the whole piece usually easier than a section.
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If you just replace a portion it's a good idea to prime the cut edge and then caulk the joint as you set the patch piece in place [so the caulking extends into the joint] Either way it's a good idea to prime the bottom edge of the molding before installation.
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Can you post a picture so we can see what your seeing?
Anytime I can I replace rotted outside trim with PVC lumber so there's never again a rot issue.
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