Step 1: Remove Rot-Softened Wood

epoxy repair
Photo: Brian Wilder
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After clawing out the loose stuff with a hammer, Stahl removes all the rot-softened wood with a die grinder and core-box router bit. For an epoxy repair to be effective, the freshly exposed wood has to be sound and dry—less than 18 percent moisture content. Stahl checks it with a moisture meter before proceeding.
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    • paintbrush
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    • dremel
      Dremel or rotary tool

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    2. EPOXY

    3. EPOXY PRIMER

    4. PLASTIC MIXING BOARD & PUTTY KNIFE
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