Stabilizing And Repairing:
Sometimes replacing rotted wood isn’t an option. In conserving historic buildings, for example, the goal is to preserve as much of the original “architectural fabric” as possible.
Stabilizing deteriorated wood with epoxy is often the only choice. Epoxies consist of resin and hardener that are mixed just before use.
Liquids for injection and spatula-applied pastes are available. After curing, epoxy-stabilized wood can be shaped with regular woodworking tools and painted.
Epoxies are useful for consolidating rotted wood, restoring lost portions of molding’s and carvings, and for strengthening weakened structural members.
In the last case, they’re used to bond concealed metal reinforcement inside holes or channels cut into hidden faces.
Epoxies aren’t preservatives and won’t stop existing decay or prevent future infection.
They can be tricky to use; follow the manufacturer’s mixing, application, and safety instructions to the letter.
Causes of Your Problem:
When looking for the causes of your wood rot, remember that CORRELATION DOES NOT IMPLY CAUSATION. Meaning that if the dry rot is right by a pipe, the moisture may not be coming from the pipe, but from the roof instead.
We say this, because we know best. Too many times we learned this lesson. Believe us when we tell you that although the pipe is dry, it did not heal itself, it may be a roofing leak that had time to dry and it’s waiting for the next rain…specially here in Los Angeles. Allow us to do a thorough inspection and when we find the problem, it is only then that we can actually fix it.
After finding dry rot the Ultimate Handyman finds the source of the leak, repairs it and after drying the areas thoroughly the carpentry work begins.
When dry rot is removed, any wood in good condition but stained by fungus are treated with borax-based products to stop future dry-rot if area is ever exposed to moisture again. We prefer to complete eliminate all dry-rot affected wood even when still serviceable to prevent future spread of the wood-destroying fungi if moisture becomes present again.