If your home has old, wooden windows, you may discover some of the frames have areas of rotten wood. Because windows can be responsible for up to 25% of energy lost from your home, you may want to repair the damage to reduce your heating and air bills. The following three steps will guide you on how to remove the rotten wood and create a temporary patch.
Step 1: Remove The Rotten Wood
Before you can patch your window frames, the first step involves removing the rotten wood. For this step, you will need a utility knife, a large, metal spoon and a chisel.
Use the metal spoon to scoop out any loose rotten wood. Getting rid of it helps you to see how extensive the damage underneath is. Do not try to force the spoon if you come across too much resistance. Not only could this damage any good wood, but could also bend your spoon to the point it cannot be used.
Once the loose wood is removed, use the utility knife to cut along the edges of the gap left behind. This will give the area straight borders, making it easier for you to patch it.
After you have cut in the area, use the chisel to remove the rest of the rotten wood. Getting rid of the rot helps provide a solid surface for the next step.
Step 2: Create A Strong Base With Epoxy Resin
Once the rotten wood has been removed, this next step creates a strong base for the patch using epoxy resin. When applied, the resin binds with the remaining wood. Once it has set, the surface becomes impenetrable, protecting the undamaged wood from any future exposure to moisture that could make it rot.
For this step, you will need a container of epoxy resin and a nylon bristle paintbrush. Before you begin, thoroughly mix the resin for a smoother, more successful application.
Once the resin is mixed, dip the paintbrush about an inch into it. Do not use more of the brush than this because the resin dries quickly and could make your brush stiffen too much if there is too much residual on it. Also, the small amount makes the application easier to control.
Apply a thin layer around the edges and inside the gap. Allow the resin to set up, per the product's instructions. Then, apply a second layer. After this layer dries, proceed to the third step.
Step 3: Fill In The Gaps With Wood Putty
Now that you have a strong base, it is time to fill in the gaps with wood putty. For this step, you will need a container of putty, a thin putty knife, and 800-grit sandpaper.
Dip about an inch of the knife into the putty at the furthest edge from you. Then, pull the knife towards you. The putty will roll onto the edge of the knife, giving you an even, manageable ball.
Lay the knife at a 45-degree angle to one of the ends of a gap. Slowly and steadily rake it along the wood, filling in the hole as you go. Repeat this until the gap is completely filled in. Then, let the putty dry for at least two or three hours.
After the putty has dried, use the sandpaper to create a smooth finish, and wipe the area with a damp rag to remove the dust.
Although the above repair will help save your money on your bills, the patches only provide a temporary fix. For a more permanent solution, you may want to contact a contractor who specializes in window replacement, like New Jersey Siding & Windows Inc, to discuss your options for having newer, more energy efficient windows installed.
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