Currently employed as a physical therapist assistant specializing in elder rehabilitation and education/training.
Wood Rot: A common nemesis on most homes.
If you've owned a home for any length of time, more than likely you've experienced wood rot in some way. For us, it's been our deck.
Built of cedar over 14 years ago, our deck has provided quite the challenge when it comes to wood rot repair. This hub will briefly overview my latest deck repair project. Hopefully it will assist you as well by keeping your deck safe and wood-rot free!
The following pictures tell the story: lots of wood rot and lots of time spent repairing it. Here's a general guideline for basic wood rot repair that can be modeled for most other wood rot issues.
Here's the order for tackling this project:
- Carefully remove primary rotted wood. Remove only what is necessary as you'll need as much solid wood as possible to reinforce. Examples of primary wood pieces can be (not an exhausted list): Deck and stair treads, stair stringers, trim boards, window trim, siding, fascia, etc. Basically anything made of wood exposed to elements or potential water damage.
- Remove additional wet and dry root with an appropriate tool. Make sure ALL of the rot is removed. If there's not enough viable wood remaining, you'll have to replace the entire wood structure.
- Protect exposed wood with a suitable wood hardener and allow to dry.
- Fill void/cavity with an appropriate wood filler and allow to dry.
- Sand and level to appropriate height and dimension.
- Replace rotted wood pieces and secure with appropriate exterior wood fasteners; in this example, stair treads are being replaced.
All in all, not a lengthy process, but it does take time to do it properly to avoid future wood rot.
Tools used for this project:
- Replacement wood treads: Pressure treated 2 x 6 x 8 and 2 x 6 x 10 as needed.
- Power miter or circular saw
- Tape measure
- 3" deck screws (amount will vary)
- Power drill
- Liquid nails approved for exterior use
- Boring or appropriate wood removal tool; choices are many.
- Wood hardener with application brush
- Wood filler with application tool; I used a 1" putty knife
- Sand paper and 3/4" chisel to shape wood filler
- Blower capable of removing all debris from cavity after rough removal; I used an air compressor with air nozzle attachment.
- PATIENCE as this project takes a fair amount of time!
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