Damaged wall above window

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Old 02-04-17, 05:27 PM
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Damaged wall above window

Originally i wasnt going to be repairing this portion of the wall. I know the whole section of drywall to be replaced. What do i do about the rotted wood behind it?
 
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Old 02-04-17, 06:11 PM
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Is that open hole the attic access?
Fixed the roof leak causing the real issue?
Looks like a total gut job to me, where's the insulation?
Hard to tell what where even looking at overall with those close ups.
 
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Old 02-04-17, 07:49 PM
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Well, since that is your header, you should replace it! You won't know how much you need to replace, until as joe says, you gut it. Remove as much drywall as is needed to determine what is rotten and what isnt. Then go from there. Needless to say, anything that is no longer structurally sound should be replaced.
 
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Old 02-05-17, 11:04 AM
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I dont believe it has attic access.The house is really old, built in the 50's or 60's . No idea on the insulation either. I was just told to patch it. I assumed it would have to be gutted.
Is this a manageable repair for your average DIYer?
 
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Old 02-05-17, 11:25 AM
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Probably, but until the drywall is removed and the full extent of the damage to the framing is known, we are just guessing.

You certainly cannot "just patch it".

Joe- that's a skylight / with cathedral ceiling rafters.
 
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The leak was involving the skylight which was replaced and the leak resolved
 
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The reason we don't want you to patch over it is that header helps to support the portion of the roof that is attached to the header [or top plate above it]
 
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