Rotted Window Header

Old 07-20-14, 09:08 AM
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Rotted Window Header

My husband and I were doing some insulation work around the windows in our new to us house. When we cut around one of the windows we noticed wood rot in the top right corner of what we this would be the window header and it looks like rot is starting the in left corner as well. Before we get to deep into anything and way over our heads we wanted to get some advice. Does the window need to be fully removed for us to replace the header? What is the best way to go about replacing the heading if we do not have to remove the window. My husband is thing we would need something to support the top of the window when the rotted header is taken out and replaced. Anyone have any advice or experience of doing this?

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Old 07-20-14, 12:20 PM
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I really can't see anything from the picture, but assume that the dark part at the corners is some damage. Take a screwdriver and poke into it. If it's still fairly solid, it's probably fine. But at a minimum you should investigate why it's getting wet. The most common reason is no drip cap over trim... or if you have vinyl siding, maybe no housewrap or a window opening above is leaking on the one below.

Replacing a header is fairly involved, and unless you poke it and find that it's really soft, I won't spend the time explaining how its done, because I doubt it's gotten to that point yet.

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