How-to Tips on Repairing Rotten Wood
TOM: After the long, wet winter – have you got rot? Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
Rot is a kind of fungus that feeds on damp, organic material like wood. Rot opens the door for mold, mildew and staining and takes away wood’s structural integrity.
TOM: How can you tell if you have rot? It often has a spongy look like cork. To fix rotted wood – for example on a windowsill – just grind out the rotted wood and fill the empty cavity using a two-part epoxy patching compound instead of wood putty.
LESLIE: Epoxy expands and contracts with temperature changes and it’s very easy to work with. Use a plastic putty knife to apply. If you need to, you can make a template to match the shape of the area you’re working with. Lastly, just sand, prime and paint the wood. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit Home Improvement Tips, visit moneypit.com.