The Rot Doctor


Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1999

Rot Doctor:

I have a 2x4 rafter tail whose core has been eaten away by termites, and is basically being held together by the paint. I was about to try to inject Bondo into the cavity with a turkey baster before seeing your ad. There is probably a quart of open space inside. I'd like to not replace the rafter. The opening is in the side, and the roof is right above it, so access is a little difficult. What would you recommend?


Kevin O.


I would suggest first saturating the inside with our CPES (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer). This will stabilize and harden the wood that has been affected by the termites, and make the wood highly resistant to any rot fungi that may be hanging around. After the CPES has had a chance to cure (about 3 days), you can follow it with our Epoxy Filler, either by itself or surrounding a piece of wood if you want to save a little on the filler. You will have used premium epoxy products all the way and affected a permanent repair to the rafter.

I estimate you will need a pint kit of the CPES and probably a pint kit of the Epoxy Filler. Call or e-mail us if we can help you further.