Originally Posted by bob22
Sammy: The top of the pilasters on the sides are flat and butt against the header trim. There was a gap in the butt that I recaulked Saturday (red circled area in photo attached. I've recaulked it numerous times with 25-year acrylic+silicon before; this time I used some new "advanced" caulk from GE with a +/-25% movement rating.
I'm thinking this is where the water came from originally.
The green circled thing is properly caulked and flashed on top and doesn't look like there is any way for water to penetrate there.
butlersprints: Home is on poured concrete foundation walls with a full basement.
All: Since the king and jack studs have the interior wallboard (with wallpaper) nailed to them, I'd really like not to have tear them out. Is a half-lap joint an acceptable repair? I'm guessing not since these are structural members but I'm no engineer/builder. What if I half-lapped them and then sistered 3/4" plywood on each side of the studs with construction adhesive and nails?
I would like to wait until Spring since it gets cold here (near Philly) and having the front of my house open to the elements for a day or two doesn't seem like much fun. Anyone have any issues with waiting till the Spring?
Thanks for the help and suggestions.
the longer you wait the more potential damage, you will carefully remove door trim, then cut between drywall and stud with sawzall, remove studs,& replace, renail drywall to new studs behind trim/wallpaper. even a diy can do in one day. get all supplys you can think of first ,return x-tras after. It sounds harder than it is. once again locate source of leak first then tackle project ,do it right you will be happy later that you did