We decided that September was going to be our month to ourselves.
That mean we are not helping anyone else working on whatever, but instead we are going to catch up on things that need to be done at home.
Sorry friends, but I must address a couple things on the house before the weather turns too cold.
My first order of business is to fix two damaged part on the house, a corner eaves and the bottom corner of one of the garage window.
On the outside corner by the electrical entrance, the eave has been chew up and birds have been nesting
Cutting back the eave and that is what I found inside.
The birds have long fled the coop but left an egg, it is leaking.
Any idea what kind of bird that is??
Cleaned up the space, best I could, clean up my cuts square and made a replacement piece. I'm using pressure treated lumber and treated all my cut pieces with end cut preservative. Not too worry about rot down the road, but want to discourages insect and birds to chew on it. I will also use special expanding foam treated to repulse insect to seal that space.
Cut cleaned up, new piece made to fit, complete with dado in the back
to capture the bottom plywood.
The other area that I need to address is a bottom corner on one of the garage window. 3 years ago, I cleaned up most of the rot and put in some exterior putty, but that did not held up very well, rot is still happening and the putty is crumbling away. Time for surgery!
Wood is still rotting and the putty is flaking off.
Removing the putty.
Looking for good wood.
I must remove all trace of rotten wood or it would come back to haut me. So I keep cutting back until I hit solid wood.
That is how far back I had to go to find solid wood.
Once I was satisfied that I found solid wood, I treated the whole area with
PC-Petrifier, a wood hardener (liquid epoxy) that penetrate and harden wood.
I generously applied the stuff as per the instruction: Saturate the wood well.
My secret weapons: PC-Petrifier and paintable end cut preservative
Tomorrow everything would be dried and I will start the reconstruction with epoxy for the window frame and construction adhesive for the eave. Once everything is sealed and dried, I will paint the affected area.
Down the road I intend to replaced the two garage windows, so this corner repair is more than adequate for now. A few years ago we replaced the remainder windows in the house, some had been previously replaced by the former owner, but they used vinyl insert and left the outside wooden sashes in place. My new ones have vinyl brick mold so would not rot.
A couple years ago I had to completely replaced the sill on one of the wooden sash on one window, it was rot beyond salvage. This is how I did it.
Removed the whole sill piece, saved a small section for the profile
and made a new sill, complete with drip edge cut under.
Cut back until found solid wood on both sides.
New sill piece installed and both end pieces installed.
Once painted, it blend in and should last a long time.
As described earlier, I followed a similar method, making sure to saturated the wood surfaces exposed with epoxy (similar to PC-Petrified stuff) before rebuilding the frame.
Tomorrow I should be able to finish this project.
Then, ... I have a ''few things'' on my list :-)