Step 1: Remove the Cap

rotted wood
Photo: Brian Wilder
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After slicing through the old caulk around the plinth (to avoid damaging the adjacent trim), Vietri pries off the cap molding and levers the plinth free. Its water-blackened backside shows how extensively moisture penetrated this assembly.
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