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Old 09-30-2011, 08:02 PM   #16
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Remove all the paneling and damaged wall board for starters. Place everything in plastic bags then remove from house immediately. Post some more pics. Ill walk you through the whole job, free of charge.

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:03 PM   #17
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Dont be shy removing wall board. Its not much harder to patch a large whole than a small whole.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:09 PM   #18
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The gentleman is simply looking for a contractor who will do a right and propper job at a fair and honest price--

He will not be donning a hazmat suit and doing this him self--
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:34 PM   #19
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Ok so I thought about taking some of the paneling off and decided against it. But........ There is a Cat 5 network plug on the right side next to the damaged stud. I unscrewed it and took it out. Looking inside there is insulation and no damage. Even the opposite side on the damaged stud looks brand new.

That tells me the affected area is contained(hopefully) to under the window. Maybe the 4x4 area.

I could not see past the stud on the left side, but the stud itself is not damaged and looks clean.

This certainly helps me when speaking with contractors and getting a fair price. I really do appreciate everyone's input!
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:45 PM   #20
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So take off the damaged drywall. I want to see this puppy now.
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The pictures in the first post is all that there is to show. I honestly do not think that anything to the right and left of that opening is damaged.

Cutting into the wall any further could make unnecessary damages that are not needed.

There are a few more contractors coming out next week to quote me, so lets see what they say.

On a side note, its pouring rain outside and the area is not leaking. We have a fan running directly on it and towels down at the bottom just in case. With steady rain the past week or so the area has stayed bone dry.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:55 PM   #22
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On a side note, its pouring rain outside and the area is not leaking. We have a fan running directly on it and towels down at the bottom just in case. With steady rain the past week or so the area has stayed bone dry.
Just wondering but was anything done to prevent the leakage from occurring now? Otherwise I'm afraid that the recent rains have just come from a different direction than what's required for the problem to occur. Is it possible it all occurred before the new windows were installed?
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I am almost certain all of the damage was done before the new windows were put in. However, the new windows were installed incorrectly and they need to be re-wrapped as well.

The house also has signs that air condition units used to sit in the windows. The big 3 prong plug sockets sit in almost every room. I was told that the AC/central air units were installed in 2005.

I think a window unit leaked and caused damage. The previous owner did all his own work so he replaced that 4x4 section of sheet rock. He did not finish it properly and most likely thought "Just let the next owner deal with it.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:18 PM   #24
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Looks to me that the damage is confined to the window area---

I stick by what I suggested earlier---find a window and siding specialist---

If you do open up the area your self--be careful with the trims that you remove --the wood paneling might be able to be reinstalled .
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Old 11-30-2011, 10:21 PM   #25
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Just wanted to update this thread after finally finding a good contractor. They took on the job for $2200 and have did a lot of extra work beyond the original estimate. Everything is beyond expectations and is almost complete.

Glad we found a trustworthy company. Hopefully we can use them for all of our projects.
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I'm glad to hear that all worked out well and that you are satisified! When initially reading the post I could not help but wonder if the high estimate had come from a contractor that had done a lead test since the house was built in 1946? Though the quote still seems high, the current EPA lead abatement laws makes many repairs (especially window replacement) outragiously priced when lead paint is detected. And the fine for the First infringement is $70,000! So, some companies are covering themselves by either pricing themselves out of some jobs, or adding extra to cover the added costs. If you read the regulations for window replacement under the current guidelines, it is almost laughable.
In fact, and not to steal from your post, I would be interested to hear what other window contractors who have gone through the EPA Lead Abatement course think about the new rules and regulations and if you have had any dealings with any EPA inspectors.
I would go into detail about what is involved to meet the requirements of the new Lead standards, but you would fall to sleep before I could list all the steps required to remove and replace just ONE window.
Again, glad to hear it all worked out well and that you found a reasonable price and I am sure that it was done well, but the high quote may have been the result of someone covering their behind.
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