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Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by cmonSTART, Apr 28, 2008.

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  1. cmonSTART

    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

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    I have an ambitious list of stuff to do on the house this summer, both hearth and non-hearth related. Well this afternoon I was poking around outside along the house and I decided to check out some leaking areas we had noticed this winter. Actually, one persistent leak if we didn't keep that spot clean. It's right at the crotch of the L shape our house forms, where some shingles run right up against some siding. Well, the wood trim running in the corner from the roof to the ground felt spongy. I poked my finger right through. One whole board came off, then another. Everything is rotten in there. This leak has been there for years from the looks of it. It looks like I'm going to have to tear that whole corner apart and reframe it all, with new insulation, tyvek, and exterior ply. It's all rotted out. One 5 foot section of the sill is pretty much gone too. Adjacent to it, is another section of sill that looks brand new. This has obviously been a problem in the past (we've owned this house for only a few years now).

    I have one wall stripped down, back to the good wood so I can see what I need. I'm going to get some material tomorrow and get cracking. I have an open wound on the house right now.

    I'm just venting I guess, though I welcome any suggestions or sympathy.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    No suggestions. Lots of sympathy. :grrr:
  3. colebrookman

    colebrookman Minister of Fire

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    That's why if you own your home and you're also a do it your self person you we never ever be bored. There is always something to fix, remodel, add to etc.. Life on the ranch ain't easy but it beats watching ( most) tv. Best of luck with your newest project.
    Ed
  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Man, ain't that the truth.

    Sorry to hear of your new found task, but its best to get -r-done, cuz it ain't gonna heal itself. Just dig in, and it will be done in no time.
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