In September this year I made a last minute decision to repair the dormer window at our cottage before the winter set in.
The window had been repaired several years ago with a new front, but the tonge and groove face was for ever moving in the extreme weather, and it had been built too close to the edge of the roof, meaning there was no undercowl to protect it from dripping rain.
So I decided to totally rebuild it, replacing the tongue and groove timber front with marine ply, with grooves routed into it to give the same effect without the movement.
Undercowls… roofing… these are all new to me, but there’s nothing like a challenge that’s GOT TO BE DONE to get you learning new skills!!
As with all jobs you undertake on an old victorian cottage, I had hoped to just replace the front, but ended up taking all the tiles off the roof above the dormer, re-felting and re-battening it and re-tiling the whole roof!
This video mainly deals with reconstruction of the front of the dormer window – for which I used a great product I recently discovered – ERC10 from Chemfix – a two part epoxy that’s fantastic for minor wood repairs, splicing and basically joining wood together.
Today’s Tool Kit
– ERC 10 Epoxy Wood Repair System https://goo.gl/r3lAjU £23.40
– 400ml Extrusion Tool https://goo.gl/wS3CDg £22
– Filler Knife https://goo.gl/O3sGAi £5.59 for pack of 3
– Something to mix the filler on – I use perspex but anything similar or even a piece of wood will do
And here’s a link to the manufacturer’s website https://goo.gl/GuEzcZ
– to paint the completed dormer, I used a combination of Dulux and Johnstones’ paint systems, as I started with primer and undercoats from the Dulux 3 part weathershield system and then realised I needed to use a Johnstones flexible gloss – as Dulux don’t manufacture the colour I needed to match the other windows. HOWEVER I RECOMMEND YOU STICK TO EITHER A DULUX 3 PART SYSTEM, OR THE JOHSTONES EQUIVALENT – rather than mixing the two brands.
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