Rebuilding an Oak Porch and leaded windows.

There were two design issues with this porch  resulting in considerable rot . The roof did not overhang sufficiently to allow water to run off  into a gutter instead the water simply poured off the roof and onto the cills.

The leaded windows were not rebated into the frames they were simply placed onto and not into the frames . This resulted in rot developing around the glazed areas. I have never seen such a odd set up before. It transpires that the porch -circa 1930s was built to accommodate the leaded windows that came from a nearby manor house that had undergone some alterations. 

The owner at the time was no carpenter and although a valiant attempt was made the timber dimensions were all wrong and for 90 years and several owners remained that way. This could have been demolished and a like for like replacement made. It would have been easier to do that but the owner wanted to keep the original. Air dried European Oak was used . Being air dried it remains  more stable than kiln dried and will not split so readily as green oak. 

The leaded windows once removed had the lead cames re-cemented this made them watertight and stiffened  so that when replacing the risk of breaking the lead came was reduced. Replacement tie rods in bronze complimented the lead. Tie rods are used to prevent sagging over the long term and reduce the stress put onto them by high winds. 

Once rebates were machined the leaded windows could be installed using traditional putty. 

Published by southamptoncarpenter

Traditional standards. Traditional tradesman. Traditional service. I have been a carpenter for over 45years, 5 year apprenticeship as a boat builder, 2 years as a wood machinist, then a spell repairing furniture and manufacturing reproduction antique clocks. I spent a further 15 years working in a therapeutic environment passing on my skills, before setting myself up as a self-employed carpenter/joiner. As you will appreciate, I undertake a wide range of projects, so scrolling through the site map may well direct you to past work that may be similar to your requirements. The preferred way to contact me is by using the contact page on this site. However you can always ring me during normal working hours. Lead times vary depending on the time of year; small jobs I can often do promptly. I cover Southampton and I am also happy to visit Winchester and Salisbury areas, but a small fee will be charged.

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