Insulation around windows

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Insulation around windows

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Size:  31.0 KBI have an older brick home I recently purchased and am in the process of windows maintenance on the outside. The house was built in 1936 so the windows appear to have had repairs at different stages. The trim between the window and the brick has been replaced on some of the windows and some of them are rotten, but the window itself is in good condition.

Now to my question. When I removed the trim on the outside to replace, I found this material wrapping the window casings. Can anyone identify the material here? Should it be replaced, and with what? And can you recommend the right type of wood trim to purchase to replace the rotten trim?
 

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Post some pictures so we can see what your seeing.
 
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Have a picture but having issues getting file to upload
 
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pictures posted

Sorry for the issue with the pictures posting but the image of the insulation and image of the windows are included in the original post now. Thank you for your patience
 
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Its probably oakum. They used it for the same reason you would use foam backer rod today... as a filler for a wide gap before caulking. You can either leave it or replace it, up to you. Foam backer rod is probably superior, assuming you can get the right sizes needed for your gaps. Using the foam backer rod allows the sealant to stick to the 2 primary surfaces on either side of the backer rod... and since the foam is flexible, it allows the sealant to expand and contract as needed, adding longevity to the caulked joint.
 
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It smells alittle musty and I don't think the foam would have that odor. Do you have any recommendations for the type of wood molding that I use to replace the current rotten wood? the actually wood on the windows is in good shape and any frames that seemed to be loosening, I have used epoxy on to repair.
 
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Yeah, I don't see any pictures of the rotten wood so it's hard to give a specific recommendation. If you are needing an additional piece of trim to cover the gap around the perimeter of each window, where the trim meets the brick, you could get some pine alexandria cove moulding and nail it to the trim. A piece of drip cap trim would also work well to trim all 3 sides.

Prime and paint all pine trim on all sides before installing it.
 
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Thank you for your response, I think I will use the drip moulding as the windows appears to have had the cove moulding on it before although it may not have been properly prepped. Notation on the appears solid missed the first part of notation which said it is the original window frame. Thank you again for your assistance.
 
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