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ken sabo
exterior garage walls

My garage is 24' x 28' and the outside walls are T111. The bottom two feet have dry rot and are pulling off of studs. I now have a new roof and gutters and plan in the future to finish in vinyl siding. In stead of replacing all the T111 can I saw off the bottom two feet and replace with plywood? Would it be O.K. if there's no blocks of wood between the studs where the seams meet or would the boards eventually warp? The walls inside of garage are covered with plywood.

Re: exterior garage walls

You can do it if you want to. If the ends don't meet at a stud, use a 1X4 and screws to attach the 1X4 to the back side end of one piece of plywood, then install the next piece and screw it to the 1X4. I would also recommend chalking the joints to prevent water from leaking in. Hopefully it will hold up until you can install the siding. I would suggest PT plywood.

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