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Neal Yonover



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 11:32 am    Post subject: Nomenclature and Approach Reply with quote

Greetings, all!

I hope I'm in the right area with these questions.

I've been asked to restore the trim details in this photo (A, B).

Can anyone tell me what they're called, especially A.

It appears that whatever A is, it's accessible from the attic of the building. Does it make sense to approach it that way (and avoid scaffolding)?

This is probably obvious, but how are the trim pieces attached to the building over the windows?

Also, we're debating materials. We don't want to have to do this again for a long time. Is this a job for wood, if so, what kind would be best, or one of the new engineered wood products?

Thanks.

Neal

P.S. This is an old photo, the brick sills have been repaired.



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johnleeke
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A. Arched Ventilator. Are you repairing the brick details, or the wooden ventilator?

If the ventilator frame comes out to the inside you may be able to removed it and work on the main frame and sill from the inside, but the opening looks like it might be too small to make that easy, so some exterior access might be needed. (Boom & bucket truck?)

B. Those might be called a "cap", "pent" or "pentise." Are they wooden, or terra cotta? If wooden, the structure might be nailed onto a wooden lintel that is embedded in the masonry wall, or nailed onto wooden "bricks" that are set into the walls, or there may be metal bars with holes that are set into the mortar joints of the brickwork, and screws or nails trough the holes into the wooden parts of the caps.

Use wood. How long has the existing wood lasted? You can use mahogany or Spanish cedar on the new lumber market, or probable get old wood of the same species and quality at lumber salvage or architectural salvage outfits. Or, just keep your eyes peeled for a renovation project where they are ripping out and throwing away old wood.

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Neal Yonover



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

<<A>>

The wooden ventilator. We're hoping for interior access because a scaffold seems the only safe way to get access. There's an iron gate around the yard, so no access for a bucket and the building is too far from the curb to reach in from the street.

And, as we saw from the masonry/sill rehabilitation, scaffolding is a real production.

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Wood.

<<Use>>

Brilliant! Thank you.

Are there any tips for assessing the ventilator to decide whether repair or replacement is the best way to go?

Neal
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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 6:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are there any tips for assessing the ventilator to decide whether repair or replacement is the best way to go?


Visual: Binoculars outside from the ground. Get up there on the inside, take photos and post them here. Paint peeling to bare wood means moisture has been high enough for fungal decay, but it has not necessarily taken place.

Arm's length: Poke with an ice pick or awl to find soft decayed wood. Report back here with findings.

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