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Old 07-28-2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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Rain water has been dribbling down this corner of my entryway for 25 years. When I finally opened it up I could see the guys who put it together were unfamilar with the concept of flashing. The adjacent studs and siding have held the structure firm with no cracking or settling. I had a similar problem at another corner of the house where I sawsalled out what I could, inserted blocks of new lumber with plenty of bondo, flashed and replaced the siding. What would you more experienced do short of a major reconstruction?
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Old 07-28-2008, 10:15 AM   #2
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I would remove the rotted sill plates. the studs seem to be fine. I don't know of the ones on the garage sidewall under the decking that was removed. I would be especially concerned about the garage door header and jacks compressing them over time. putting the roof and door out of level. BOB

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Flashing the ends of the deck boards is basically impossible. I wouldn't put it back the way it is.

What I'd do is....Once the house's structure is repaired with new wood....I'd re-configure the joist framing and run them side to side instead of front to back. That way your deck boards can run front to back, and the one against the house can be a 2x2 strip with some flasing over it. The deck ledger would attach to the house and would either be flashed correctly or spaced off the siding a little bit.
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Thanks for the feed back. I just installed some temporary decking for my wife's party and I'll address the rot later but before the rains come which might be a while as I'm in dry California.
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