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Dry Rot Diagnosis

Posted By: Patrick <captscat@yahoo.com> (server4.samford.edu)
Date: 4/2/4 09:40

I have some octogonal windows from New England. In their previous life, they were exterior, but I have them displayed inside. They suffered from the severe weather and have a lot of wear on them, but were repainted before I bought them. Now, after having them inside for over a year, the wood seems to be rotting away. There is no evidence of saw dust or insects; the paint is failing and the wood behind it is very spongy. I know this sounds like dry rot. My question is, if the windows are now inside and have been for at least a year, am I seeing the effects of previous dry rot that was just painted over or could it be that the moisture content of the wood is still high enough to support the dry rot fungus? I'd like the gentlest cure I can find. Any advice on how to stop this or fix the problem is greatly appreciated.

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