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elizabeth976
Reg. Oct 2015
Posted 2016-04-11 1:20 PM (#166719)
Subject: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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Some of the wood on the inside walls of my trailer is rotting, and I'd like to replace it. However, there's about a 1" lip around all edges, so I'm not sure of the best way to go about this. (I'll see if I can figure out how to post a pic.) Any good thoughts? If I'd be better off using something other than wood, I'm open to that, as well. Thanks!



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PaulChristenson
Reg. Jan 2007
Posted 2016-04-11 1:49 PM (#166724 - in reply to #166719)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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This is why I hire a specialist to do work like this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkPENGASaEs
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elizabeth976
Reg. Oct 2015
Posted 2016-04-11 2:05 PM (#166728 - in reply to #166719)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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(I figured out how to add a couple pics.) After removing the padding, most of the wood pulled out easily (ie. crumbled) on the upper portion of this door panel. Now to remove the rest, repair the rusted areas, and figure out what to put back in (and how to get it past the lips). The metal on the doors is thin enough, that I don't want to just pull all the wood out, and leave it that way. Thanks for the help! :)
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hosspuller
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2016-04-12 10:14 AM (#166754 - in reply to #166719)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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I've done this sort of work on a ramp. Look at the doors closely. You'll find a piece of steel welded on to capture the wood pieces. Use a grinder with a thin cutting blade to remove the welds. Insert the new wood then take the trailer to a welding shop to reweld the cap piece. Wood rots from getting wet. Stop the water and you'll fix the source of the problem.
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hosspuller
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2016-04-12 10:17 AM (#166755 - in reply to #166719)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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Another option is to cut the lip just wide enough to insert new pieces (say 6 inches) Bend the lip up, then bend it back when the pieces are in place.
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elizabeth976
Reg. Oct 2015
Posted 2016-04-12 10:48 AM (#166756 - in reply to #166755)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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I guess for this problem, cutting the edge will probably be the correct--and only--course to take, if I want to get wood back in. Thanks for the ideas and help! ("Stop the water and you'll fix the source of the problem." Sooooo true!!!)
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hosspuller
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2016-04-12 4:09 PM (#166758 - in reply to #166719)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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I had a horse trailer with upper doors like yours. To stop the water, I made an awning on the back /top of the trailer. It projected rearward about 4 inches and down the side about 12 inches.. This stopped the water from running in at the top panel. Then I made a piece for the upper door bottom that over lapped the lower door. The downside is then you can't close the upper door without closing the lower door. But I never had any issue with that limit.

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elizabeth976
Reg. Oct 2015
Posted 2016-04-12 4:38 PM (#166759 - in reply to #166758)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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What an excellent idea!!! I think I'll have to consider adding those modifications!
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hosspuller
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2016-04-12 9:41 PM (#166762 - in reply to #166719)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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Here's a pic of the old trailer. Notice the white at the top rear. Since horses are very good at finding ways to cut themselves, I used a piece of vinyl siding sandwiched between a metal strip and the trailer. The vinyl will flex rather than cut.



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elizabeth976
Reg. Oct 2015
Posted 2016-04-13 1:56 PM (#166768 - in reply to #166762)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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Thanks so much for the pic! (I think I can see a bit of the lip you put on base of the upper doors, as well.) Using vinyl is a great idea. I'll have to see if I can get ahold of some. I had considered the same potential problem: Horses sure can find any conceivable way to bang themselves up! (Thankfully the horse I haul most often, is pretty sensible.) :) Appreciate the help!
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Amorallity
Reg. Jan 2020
Posted 2021-01-13 6:57 AM (#173419 - in reply to #166719)
Subject: RE: How to replace rotting wood panels?


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Hi. If you find good craftsmen you can do a good job. 3 years ago, I decided to update the stairs in my 2-story building. I had a few ideas and decided to implement them. I ordered all the necessary material, took out an old workbench from the basement, a saw, and began to make boards, cut. As a result, I just spent and used all the material for nothing. After that, I found this company https://mitersawjudge.com/best-table-saw-reviews-buying-guide/ ,which sent us masters. Since these people are professionals in their work, I saved a lot of time.
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