How to Repair Rotted Window Casing – continue removing the rotted brick mould and caulk. This project is continued from How to Repair Rotted Window Casing – Part 1.

A wood chisel is used to expose the staples in window casing. This is a much quicker method of exposing the staple so it can be pulled out. Note: the chisel does not make contact with the staple, otherwise you’ll dull the cutting edge.

Window Repair: Wood Chisel to Expose the Staple in the Window Casing

Window Repair: Wood Chisel to Expose the Staple in the Window Casing

The crown of some staples were missing, the legs were pulled with channel locks.

Pulling Staples from the Window Casing with Pliers

Pulling Staples from the Window Casing with Pliers

The wood chisel made it easy to reveal the staples for pulling.

Staple Pulled from the Window Casing

Staple Pulled from the Window Casing

The window casing is now held by the staples in the corner, which were left in place to avoid damaging the right section of casing.

Window Repair: Removing the Rotted Window Casing

Window Repair: Removing the Rotted Window Casing

I wiggled the window casing until there a gap 1/8 inch or so gap to slide in the flat end of the nail puller. The nail puller protected the good section of casing on the right while I levered the rotted section off the remaining staples.

Working the Window Casing off the Staples

Working the Window Casing off the Staples

Close up of the rotted corner in the top section of window casing due to rain water intrusion.

Rotted Brick Mould Window Casing

Rotted Brick Mould Window Casing

Here’s the window with the rotted sections removed. The OSB siding, 2×4 wall studs and window frame were free of rot, bugs and any signs of deterioration.

Window Repair: Rotted Sections of Casing Removed

Window Repair: Rotted Sections of Casing Removed

Another view of the window with the rotted casing removed.

Transom Window with Rotted Casing Removed

Transom Window with Rotted Casing Removed

The old caulk is trimmed off flush with the face of the window frame with the wood chisel. The wood chisel with a razor sharp edge was perfect for the task.

Window Repair: Removing Caulk with a Wood Chisel

Window Repair: Removing Caulk with a Wood Chisel

This repair is continued in How to Repair Rotted Window Casing – Part 3.

Thanks for reading,

Bob Jackson

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