I need to replace my rock guard as the wood behind it won't allow me to simply rescrew it in.
But it doesn't look like there is much water damage to the inside above the rock guard. So instead of tearing it all out to replace the wood, I was thinking about just drilling a hole all the way through the paneling and bolting it on.
I know the purists will hate me but does anyone think this is a really bad idea and why? All comments are appreciated. Even if you tell me I am nutso...
I know I am missing some of the recent discussions, but there are those that use a "filler" such as toothpicks, glued into the holes in the wood framing with wood glue or Gorilla Glue. This takes up the slack and gives more bite.
Although if you were really pressed to go all the way through with bolts, it could probably be done. However once you drill through everything it is mighty hard to put it back if ever it's needed. And then there is the wisdom that says, if the framing is so badly rotted that it will not hold, then it should be replaced and done up right. Keep in mind that f the upper framing where the guard attaches is that bad, everything below the windows is likely worse. Water does run downhill.
It will definitely be worth your while in the long run. Once the framing starts to go it can't get better by itself, even if you were to seal up all the leaks. And, for sure, there is a lot of reference about replacing worn-out wooden parts here.