The sprinkler near the garage door keeps the bottom panel(s) wetter
than otherwise in South Florida's semi-topical climate. It is time to
replace the door panels once again. They are no longer made of the
world's best lumber - style and rail affairs with a plyeood panel
Last time I tried two coats of exterior primer and three oats of
exterior latex flat and the job didn't last two years in places and I
had to repair sections of the rails.
SO, I thought to check-in here and see if there were any trucks of the
trade one or more of you might share to help me best protect the $130
replacement panels the need replacing now.
BINGO, Leon! In the dozen or so years I was 'contracting' I couldn't
estimate how much rotted siding or how many rotted windows or window sills
we replaced/repaired account people's sprinkler systems were watering the
house as much as the flower beds.
Sometimes I think irrigation systems are just another status symbol,
like lawn crews and a Beemer in the driveway.
Dave in Houston
I agree with Leon on fixing the sprinkler setup.
I had a similar problem (with a 20-year cycle rather than 2-year) and
applied the crowbar to buy the monsterous bit set from MLCS to cut new
rails and stiles from Menards' best 2x4s, and sacrificed a sheet of
their fine (well, maybe not so fine) 1/4" plywood and built a new panel.
I used dowels and Gorilla Glue and if I were doing it today, I'd use
Titebond III and pocket screws.
I gave the panel three coats of polyurethane, sanded the top coat
lightly, primed, and applied latex. It's been five years now, and the
panel still looks like new.
I applied the savings from not buying a new weatherproof door toward a
new B&D variable-speed router and a Jessum router table and lift to do
A new door would have been cheaper, but I've enjoyed the new router
1) Correct sprinkler spray pattern.
2) Replace rotted door with foam filled fiberglass door which meets
hurricane design spec.
3) Correct sprinkler spray pattern.
4) Park truck to block spray, then replace truck when it rusts out.
5) Correct sprinkler spray pattern.
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