Jun 23, 2012 9:38 pm
My name is Pete - recently bought a place on Sydney's Northern Beaches that needs a few things fixing up - so hoping that this forum will really be able to help me stay on the right track. I've certainly found it helpful so far in picking up a lot of tips.
The first thing that needs fixing...
We have a 3m section at the back corner of our house that has the bottom row of wood cladding removed. There's signs of dampness on the interior lower wall. The previous owner has had a shot at trying to fix the issue but obviously never fixed it properly. I suspect the original wood cladding was touching the wall footing and never dried properly after rain... just soaked up the water that sat there... There's currently some roof tiles (!) sitting there on the exterior trying to stop the rain coming in .
At the top of the roof edge above this (gable? theres no guttering down this side of the house) I'm planning to silastic/bitumen tape up a section of flashing that could be letting water in from the top down inside the cladding.
1) Does the concrete block/footing that sits out from the bottom of the exterior wall look normal? I'm wondering if it was installed years ago to try to stop water entering - or if its just something you do at the footing of exterior walls.
2) What are the steps to fixing this section of wall? I'm guessing getting some sarking taped back up under some of the cladding that is still attached - and then perhaps some villa board to keep the weather out at the bottom section - possibly replacing the bottom row of cladding with a close match - or just painting the villa board if that is sufficient?
Apologies for the amateuressness in the explanation - first post!
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