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lgallo 03-05-2010 11:33 AM

Building Window Sills - HELP!!!
 
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I have three windows that have large ledges that my builder was going to build window sills for. He was going to cut wood for the ledge part and then add a wood lip that he would attach to finish it off. Apparently, he was advised that he cannot use two piece construction because if water or moisture gets in between the joints, it would be ruined. I have attached pictures of the window sill and ledge and would really appreciate any suggestions of what I could do with this sill and ledge - open to new ideas. And I should mention that we are on a budget! Thank you!

By the way, is it an option to drywall the ledge or could it be more susceptible to water/moisture damage?

<*(((>< 03-05-2010 12:04 PM

The first thing I would question is why is the builder worried about water intrusion?

Did he put the window in? Because I'm pretty sure if I installed a window I would make it water tight, unless the homeowner leaves it open.

I would not have a problem at all installing wood trim like suggested (stool and apron) as I would have made sure water wouldn't be coming through a window that was flashed and installed properly.

Just my 2cents.

Jay123 03-05-2010 12:11 PM

:yes:

What's going on with the first window pictured...doesn't look too well thought out (or the soffit on the right side of it), and after it's trimmed it will really look wanky. :huh:

<*(((>< 03-05-2010 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Jay123 (Post 410019)
:yes:

What's going on with the first window pictured...doesn't look too well thought out (or the soffit on the right side of it), and after it's trimmed it will really look wanky. :huh:

I agree. I thought I would leave that one be.

Willie T 03-05-2010 12:26 PM

It is usually not a good idea to D/W ledges. Placing display items on the ledges eventually scrapes and scratches them.

Scuba_Dave 03-05-2010 01:06 PM

Is there exposed concrete where the wood is going ?
Where are you located ?

firehawkmph 03-05-2010 05:16 PM

Lg,
Take a minute and update your profile with a location please.
I would rip a piece of 3/4" furniture grade plywood and attach a wood edging on the exposed ends with titebond III, it's waterproof. Use some low expansion window and door sealant foam between the windows and studs. Looks like you need some jamb extensions made up also. Kind of a goofy way to frame these windows in. I would probably use casing around the windows and also under the plywood shelf for an apron.
Mike Hawkins:)

Jay123 03-05-2010 07:21 PM

:yes:

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/v...m/dc50e655.jpg

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Jay123 03-05-2010 07:22 PM

On the other window...well, let's just say it's not a quick-draw :no:

tpolk 03-05-2010 07:25 PM

jay's got it

Jay123 03-05-2010 07:31 PM

That's just mike's thoughts in an image...but I definitely agree and would do it the same way. :yes:

lgallo 03-05-2010 07:54 PM

Thanks
 
Thank you very much Jay and everyone else for the great advise. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, for those who asked my location.

Kevin M. 03-06-2010 12:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Jay123 (Post 410241)
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That's just mike's thoughts in an image
...but I definitely agree and would do it the same way. :yes:

Jay,

Quite cool how you illustrated Mike's thoughts. Your illustrations were great! (Very Professional) For most folks, visualizing based on written is difficult. Adding some visuals simplifies everything.

Anyway, nice job by you and Mike! :thumbsup:

Kevin

Jay123 03-06-2010 01:11 PM

Thanks Kevin, I appreciate it. I do fairly detailed drawings for all of my projects, helps to make sure we're all talking about the same thing. :yes:

http://picasaweb.google.com/jjfwoodw...eat=directlink

PaliBob 03-06-2010 02:31 PM

Jay, Thanks for posting the Link to your album

You should be nominated to the DIY Hall of Fame

Scuba, You were almost there, Now you have to go a little farther.
Maybe it would help if you get super good, like Jay, on SketchUp.

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