The Cross House

Unknown EEK!

Recently I did a post about the pair of double brackets above each of the curved-glass windows in the dining room. The brackets are in really good shape. Or so I thought.


One bracket, above the west curved window, kisses the gutter of the north porch. And over the last 123-years…


…a portion of it rotted away. Eek!


You can see how the end has just been hollowed out. Eek! Note the rusty nail at the top. There was once wood surrounding that nail!


The brackets are made of four pieces of wood nailed together. To repair this eek issue I could remove the bracket, cut away the eek parts, and attach new pressure-treated parts, cut to the right shape.

A plan!

This plan however presupposes I can get the bracket out. Will this prove easy? Or hard? If the latter how much damage will happen to the bracket and adjacent bracket and house in the process of removal?

I have no idea.

There is a small voice whispering in my ear: Leave the bracket alone. You have owned the house for almost three years and never even noticed the issue.

This is true.

So, should I listen to the voice telling me to be sensible?

Or should I go at the bracket, potential unleashed horrors/problems/hours be damned?

Oh! What to do? What to do?

Taking bets now…




17 Responses to Unknown EEK!

  1. I would leave it alone, I learned along time ago to listen to those voices in your head. It’s your angels talking to you. Everything you have done with the Cross House has been spot on. Are you going to be able to sleep at night knowing this isn’t? Either way it is looking awesome.

  2. Since it’s likely the bracket was installed before other trim parts, removing it without causing more damage may be tough. Have you thought about leaving the bracket in place and removing the rotted portion back to sound wood, then making a replacement section and installing it in-situ? Making a perfect fit for gluing may be tough, so you could slope the joint to drain outward, secure it with screws and bed it into epoxy or polyurethane caulk, using either to blend the visible part of the joint.

  3. Could you remove only the outer piece of wood, remove any loose debris from the core, insert a new piece cut to shape, then seal and paint everything?

  4. I’m betting you fix it, and soon. It will gnaw at your soul (like the holes in your belt did) until you take action.

    It might take a month before you figure out how to fix it, but you will fix it.

  5. Abatron ( for the hollowing: new PT outer piece. You’ve heard of the dread mushroom factor in old house repairs? This looks ready to go off like the nuclear explosion that produces mushroom clouds.

    • Doug, it’s called a cliffhanger!

      And everybody loves a cliffhanger even though they KNOW the hero will save the damsel in distress at the last possible moment!

      So, yes, I am constitutionally incapable of not fixing the bracket. But I thought to present the issue as something a bit more thrilling. Will he? Won’t he? (Cue dramatic music.) STAY TUNED!

  6. Do you know about Abatron. We have repaired some mighty rotten wood with it. It is expensive but so much less destructive than having to tear out and rebuild.

    • Yes, thank you. I have used similar on some of the window sills.

      That would not work here as it is overhead. The goo will just fall out!

  7. This might be saying more about me than I would want to admit, but with a list of 1000+ items, I would probably paint it and keep it at the very bottom of the some-day items (around page 37).

    One of the reasons I love this blog is that I don’t think you will be able to do that!

    • Sigh, I won’t.

      I doubt though I will get to it till April when I formally resume the painting of the Great North Wall.

      Next week the weather is looking good so I will at least be able to do more on the north porch.

  8. You are such a stickler on everything else. You know you love finding these terrors. It gives you even more satisfaction to see them look like new. This is why we are all so fascinated with your blog.

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