Fixing rotted patio cover / overhang

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Old 01-22-14, 07:44 AM
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Fixing rotted patio cover / overhang

We bought this house and it has serious dry rot on the wooden patio cover over the garage entry. The biggest issue is that they set the patio cover beam on top of the garage roof and the dry rot in that section is extensive. I'm a fairly handy DIY. I'm looking on some direction of how to proceed with this repair. I would probably like to maintain the cover over the garage entry. Suggestions besides a full tear down?

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Old 01-22-14, 07:52 AM
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I really can't think of a more viable answer than to demo it and do it right.....sorry. Slope is too shallow, joisting is too far apart, obvious leak at the vent (probably no boot on top), joists collapsing on left side due to rot, shingles on substructure are beyond usefulness. You would have that golden opportunity to make it eye appealing, and functional.
 
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Is that a plumbing vent stack or electrical going up through the roof near the door?

I also wonder if there is rot in the original roof caused by water backing up at the juncture. It really looks like something that should not have been built in the first place.
 
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Thank you for the responses guys! I need to look at the inside of the garage more tomorrow, but as I recall the rafters under the roof were ok.

Yes, it is an odd electrical riser, the power to the garage runs down this. I suspect years and years ago it had it's own service.

The worst part of the rot is the beam over the garage corner. Is there a quick/easy fix, cut the whole corner that rests over the garage (about 4 x 6'), replace sheathing on garage, re-shingle and put up new gutters?

Here are the other pics I have right now. By the way, that nice fan is available if anyone wants it!


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Old 01-22-14, 05:29 PM
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By the way, that nice fan is available if anyone wants it!
LOL, thanks that made me laugh out loud!

I've got to agree with Larry, the entire thing ought to go bye-bye.
 
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Old 01-22-14, 06:09 PM
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Dangit! How did I know you guys would say tear down?! I don't know who the builder was that had the bright idea to rest the beam on the garage .....

Larry, are you saying it's not eye appealing and functional?
 

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Old 01-22-14, 06:37 PM
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Better to tear it down than have it collapse on someone. Look at how much that left post bows in your bottom picture!

As an aside, the term "dry rot" is a real misnomer, and a common one at that! Things rot from being wet and unpainted... not from being dry. If the rotten wood is currently dry, it's only because it hasn't rained lately.
 
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Old 01-22-14, 06:46 PM
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Oppps!! Yes, rotting wood! Although it is dry right now! It will probably crush the garage entry before it falls on someone. Regardless, it has to be fixed. And yes, you can tell it has dropped significantly on the left.
 
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Old 01-23-14, 02:11 AM
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Dave, just being nice. Eye appealing and functional versus Ugly and dangerous, how's that. Nice fan ?
 
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