1. T

    External wall/doorway/cladding - how to fix this? (See photos)

    Really hoping this is something I can fix adequately rather than pay someone but have no idea how to proceed. Panels to the left and front appear to be wood, two wooden uprights are all rotting from the bottom up, damage doesn't seem to extend too far up though. Mortar around the visible brick...
  2. B

    Dry rot identfication and treatment

    We are having the upstairs bathroom redone in our Victorian terrace. During the stripping back, a large chunk of plaster fell from one of the outside walls. It revealed what we initially thought were plant roots that had been growing in a cavity where the plaster had come away. We're now having...
  3. N

    Rotten Door Repair

    I was just looking for some advice regarding repairing or replacing my front door. I was about to repaint it when I noticed the mullion/rail corners looked a bit soft. After poking around and excavating with a screwdriver I found that the rot goes about 3/4 of the way through in at least 2 of...
  4. L

    Help! Fungi from under floor - is it wet or dry rot?

    Hello, We have had some damp issues on one of our walls, which we think was neighbouring guttering pouring onto our wall. We think that was the issue, and the gutter was cleared. However i can now see some fungi growing from under the floor. Does anyone know what fungi this is? Is it wet or...
  5. R

    Possible woodworm/rot/mould?

    Hello, I was looking in the loft of a 1900s house we've recently moved to, and noticed some tracks in the rafters that look like some kind of wood boring insect (images attached) - is that correct and is it possible to tell if old or recent? There's insulation below the beams so difficult to...
  6. A

    What is this? Some kind of Rot or Fungus?

    Hi I have this seeping out of brick/cement plastered walls in my holiday home in sunnier climates. Does anyone know what it is? What is the treatment? TIA
  7. Jeff543

    Top of Porch rotted

    Any advice on sealing/mending the cracks in this front-door porch? Photos of top of porch from from bathroom window.
  8. J

    Dry rot

    Hi there I am getting professionals to look at this but wondered if anyone could give me an indication in the meantime. Does this look like dry rot to you? Apologies for the poor quality photos, it's the best I can do with my phone camera. Note the fine cobweb-like strands and some...
  9. D

    Ronseal 2-part high performance wood filler only lasted one month

    A month ago, my door and window frames needed repainting. Three parts of the frames had started to rot (2 bad-ish, 1 not so bad spot). In these places, I dug out the rot and some surrounding wood, used a lot of Ronseal wet rot wood hardener, gave it ages to dry, gave it a rub down with a metal...
  10. R

    1930s Roof Support Beam Question

    Hello! DIyer here.. however this job seems beyond me.. I'd really appreciate some opinions on what you guys think would be a reasonable solution - some context/knowledge/insight, before I'm swamped in quotes. Or in the event I decide to do it myself. This is my mum's house, and the diagonal...
  11. R

    How to prolong rot in a decking sub-base

    I found some rot in my decking which I laid about 15 years ago but when I took a couple of the lengths up the frame underneath was in quite a poor state. Rotten in places and heavily black stained and damp in others. I've decide to completely renew but wonder how to protect the subframe from...
  12. H

    Best flooring over a wooden shed floor?

    Hello, I have a new wooden shed. I would appreciate any recommendations on what is best to lay over the wooden floor to protect it? It has a concrete paver base and sits on a wooden riser. This is a question for the interior floor. I was going to lay rubber flooring but thought that this will...
  13. oursurveysaid

    Wet/Dry Rot Hyphae in Chimney?

    Can anyone tell what these fine grey strands are in my chimney flue? There was wet and dry rot in this house when I bought it, but the ground floor timbers have all been replaced with pressure treated ones, and isolated from the masonry with a plastic DPC. The timbers have a moisture content of...
  14. A

    Removing Rot from Joist

    Looks like I've had a historic leak in the bathroom. So far this is the only rot I've found. Would it be reasonable to cut out say half the depth of the joist, piece in a new section and then sister either side to add the strength back. I've ordered some boron gel to cover everything in after...
  15. robodelfy

    Soft part of floorboard, does it need treatment?

    I'm sorting out my bathroom floor, on top of these boards it will have ply and then vinyl tiles. This one board has a soft flakey area, I remember there was a crack in the old tiles around there so it must have got wet. I've scraped it back with to where it feels hard again. Do I need to...
  16. D

    Rotten lintel and joists

    Hi folks, I‘ve encountered some rot on our Victorian terrace home and I’d very much appreciate some advice. Firstly, a couple of joists closest the front door were totally rotten- I think the old doorbell wire was acting as as a wick and directing water onto them for a hundred years or more...
  17. robodelfy

    Is this dry rot, what can I do?

    Years ago I had a window that was falling apart in my bathroom. I got it replaced with a PVC window and the guy didn't mention anything about the state of the wood around the window. Now I'm renovating the bathroom and I've found the wood under the window is soft and crumbly. Is this dry rot...
  18. G

    How long does it take for joists to rot ?

    ive had a leaky kitchen sink waste pipe for years, it’s sopping wet and stinks,only just found the source of the smell I noticed maybe 2 years ago. What should I do just try to dry it out ? Or do I need to lift the tiles and laminate floor to see if there’s any rot ? Thanks
  19. cwhaley

    Boiled Linseed Oil - Preventing Rot

    I have used lengths of untreated softwood timber (9" x 2") to make a small decked area and a step up to said area. All timber is sat on concrete blocks (not soil or grass) and is raised around 10" off the ground. Given that it rains a lot in this country, I have concerns over the wood rotting...
  20. K

    Partially worm eaten joist ends

    3 old pitch pine joist ends are partially worm eaten at the sides. It's not bad and appears to be shallow only. Easiest to do is double up and bolt ons without chopping off wormed ends. Then again worm may not be dead, though my feeling is it is. Can I somehow treat in place wormed ends in...