Many homes in have problems with rotted wood. As a handyman I see a variety of exterior rotted wood in many of the homes.
In the photos, you can see the rotted area in the front of this home. Insects and birds had been attracted to the hole and the homeowner contacted me to do the repairs. My son, Jim helped me on this job.The first photo was taken before we even put up a ladder to begin the repair. Once we started to inspect the damage, we found that the wood was very soft and we had to remove all of the rot and cut the area back to find good wood.
In the second photo , you can see that we fitted new wood to the area, that was cut out. We secured the new wood and filled in a few small spots, then sanded the area. The adjacent wood was prepared and after that primer and caulk was applied.
The third photo was taken while the top coating of paint was still drying. Our goal was to make the completed repair look as though the damage never happened.