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Offline Bugsysiegals

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Where to find replacement Window sill moulding?
« on: August 16, 2022, 04:48 PM »
My front windows had dried/old caulk and bottom window sill moulding which was suspect to rot.  I broke the board while removing it and it ended up not being rotten but at least I'm sure there's no water damage now.

That said, I need to replace this board ... do they sell profiles like this anywhere?  If not, would you suggest I glue the old one back together or try to make something new on the table saw / router table?

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Offline Packard

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Re: Where to find replacement Window sill moulding?
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2022, 05:09 PM »
I have never seen a stock molding like this.

I could easily make a serviceable molding with three angle cuts on the table saw, but I imagine it would be difficult with a track saw or a router. You would lose the radii, but it probably would not be noticeable.

You could probably make a facsimile by gluing up some stock, but this appears to be easiest on the table saw

Offline Coen

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Re: Where to find replacement Window sill moulding?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2022, 09:40 AM »
You don't have the ventilated ones?  [huh]

We use what we call a 'neuslat' here. If you fully enclose the glass without ventilation, any leakage through the caulk will accumulate in the frame and rot it from the inside out.

Offline Packard

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Re: Where to find replacement Window sill moulding?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2022, 10:00 AM »
Presumably the radius and the slope of the leading edge are designed to direct the water away from the glass. 

My house, with 1950s era windows and a generous roof overhang, does not have a problem with water intrusion.  It depends on the caulk and the slope of the sill to direct the water away from the house.

My parents’ neighbor was one of the first to have storm windows installed in the early 1950s.  The installer caulked really well, sealing all the weep holes.  Five years later all the windows and much of the surrounding framing had to be replaced because of water damage. (Mold was not even on the radar back then, so who knows about that.)

In my opinion, a good seal and provision to have the water drain away from the glass is a reasonable approach, especially on already installed windows.

Offline Coen

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Re: Where to find replacement Window sill moulding?
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2022, 12:57 PM »
Well, if you let the caulk rot as far as in the pictures there is still gonna be water seeping into the frame if there is direct rain.

Offline Packard

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Re: Where to find replacement Window sill moulding?
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2022, 01:17 PM »
That was the technology of that era.  It worked well, when properly executed.

Short of replacing the window, that is probably Bugsy is probably going to have to go with.

So the question here, is how does he go about replacing that molding. I think he is going to have to make his own, either by removing stock to come up with the profile, or by stacking and gluing pieces to accomplish the same.