My window jamb... is... crumbling! How do I fix it?
November 2, 2013 1:46 PM Subscribe
My mother's house has these recessed casement windows, and the mystery material the jamb (or maybe jamb extension?) is made of has started to crumble
. Whole chunks come out when I put the air conditioners in each spring and take them out every fall, and forget about keeping the window shade hung -- I have yet to find an anchor that won't get pulled out. I'm going to take a stab at fixing it while I'm home for Thanksgiving, so I need help devising a plan of attack that can definitely be completed over a four-day weekend, even if that means it's just a stop-gap band-aid-type repair.
Here are some more pictures
posted by patnasty to home & garden (10 answers total)
. Sorry they're not clearer -- my sister took them because I'm on the other side of the country.
I'm honestly not one-hundred percent sure what the material is, or what's underneath it. Over the years we've discovered that the builders have used some... let's call it "idiosyncratic" techniques. It seems like there's a really thick layer of gray plaster over everything. On the top jamb of the window, around six inches deep, is either some sort of seriously hard wood, or possibly brick? My cordless drill can barely bore into it, and the dust that comes out when I try is reddish. On the sides... I'm not quite sure what's going on. (The red color there is an old layer of paint.) It seems like there's a layer of something that's pulling away from the wall en masse
So, yeah... does anybody have any guesses as to what's going on here? Ideally, I'm looking for help coming up with a plan for a quick stop-gap repair, but even just being told what the right terms are for the type of construction so as to make for easier googling would be helpful.