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southtexasrich 07-13-2013 02:38 PM

Rotten wood at door frame - how to repair?
 
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Hi guys,

My first post! I found y'all with a Bing web search...

I have a rotting wood problem. I attached pictures. I'm assuming that the unpainted portion of wood at the bottom of the frame absorbs water during rain, then just rotted out over time. This has created a gap where various critters get in.

How do I repair this? Quite honestly, I'd like to avoid replacing the entire length of wood because it seems like it'd be pretty hard. Also, this is a rental house, and I have no incentive to spend lots of money (and the reason I'm averse to calling the landlord is because we get such a good deal on rent, AND rent hasn't gone up in over three years, and I really want to keep it that way!). Nevertheless, if I have to spend money/do work, I will definitely do it.

I'm pretty handy with cars and motorcycles but I've never done anything like this before. I truly appreciate any assistance you can provide.

Rich


southtexasrich 07-13-2013 02:38 PM

Rotten wood at door frame - how to repair?
 
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Hi guys,

My first post! I found y'all with a Bing web search...

I have a rotting wood problem. I attached pictures. I'm assuming that the unpainted portion of wood at the bottom of the frame absorbs water during rain, then just rotted out over time. This has created a gap where various critters get in.

How do I repair this? Quite honestly, I'd like to avoid replacing the entire length of wood because it seems like it'd be pretty hard. Also, this is a rental house, and I have no incentive to spend lots of money (and the reason I'm averse to calling the landlord is because we get such a good deal on rent, AND rent hasn't gone up in over three years, and I really want to keep it that way!). Nevertheless, if I have to spend money/do work, I will definitely do it.

I'm pretty handy with cars and motorcycles but I've never done anything like this before. I truly appreciate any assistance you can provide.

Rich


southtexasrich 07-13-2013 02:38 PM

Rotten wood at door frame - how to repair?
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hi guys,

My first post! I found y'all with a Bing web search...

I have a rotting wood problem. I attached pictures. I'm assuming that the unpainted portion of wood at the bottom of the frame absorbs water during rain, then just rotted out over time. This has created a gap where various critters get in.

How do I repair this? Quite honestly, I'd like to avoid replacing the entire length of wood because it seems like it'd be pretty hard. Also, this is a rental house, and I have no incentive to spend lots of money (and the reason I'm averse to calling the landlord is because we get such a good deal on rent, AND rent hasn't gone up in over three years, and I really want to keep it that way!). Nevertheless, if I have to spend money/do work, I will definitely do it.

I'm pretty handy with cars and motorcycles but I've never done anything like this before. I truly appreciate any assistance you can provide.

Rich


southtexasrich 07-13-2013 02:38 PM

Rotten wood at door frame - how to repair?
 
4 Attachment(s)

Hi guys,

My first post! I found y'all with a Bing web search...

I have a rotting wood problem. I attached pictures. I'm assuming that the unpainted portion of wood at the bottom of the frame absorbs water during rain, then just rotted out over time. This has created a gap where various critters get in.

How do I repair this? Quite honestly, I'd like to avoid replacing the entire length of wood because it seems like it'd be pretty hard. Also, this is a rental house, and I have no incentive to spend lots of money (and the reason I'm averse to calling the landlord is because we get such a good deal on rent, AND rent hasn't gone up in over three years, and I really want to keep it that way!). Nevertheless, if I have to spend money/do work, I will definitely do it.

I'm pretty handy with cars and motorcycles but I've never done anything like this before. I truly appreciate any assistance you can provide.

Rich


CallMeVilla 07-14-2013 10:29 PM

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HEY MAN ... welcome to our carnival! You provided pics which proves you are much smarter than the usual newbies. Your only other obligation is to generously "Like" useful posts from "da boyz" so we know if we helped you.

As for the wood ... You will be best served by replacing the entire vertical length. Scabbing a new piece will leave a seam which will attract water and eventually rot out again. By using a new, clean length, you can prime all sides before installing, providing maximum long term protection. However, if the rot has already penetrated too far, you might be in for a bad surprise requiring a complete door replacement. Those screws might have actually CAUSED your problem because water got under the wood and wicked up into the underside of the trim wood. (Old screws can be sawn off flush with the threshold. Seal the holes with constructive adhesive.)

I assume the left side is a "fixed" side, acting as a door stop, which does not swing since it was screwed through the threshold. So, you need a tight fit on the new wood and the bottom end needs to be well primed against water. I would also use top quality construction adhesive instead of new screws. Clamp the wood in place to ensure a solid adhesion with the threshold.



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