I'm hoping to get some suggestions about how to repair a double stud that runs vertically next to an exterior window. The window frame was covered with metal flashing so I didn't notice all the water that was seeping through until there was quite a bit of rot. The rot extended through the corners of the frame and the stool and apron. I know I'll need to rebuild and repair this.
Also, I have a vinyl siding exterior but I've got hardboard siding underneath it. So, the water and rot went through the hardboard, through the sheathing rotted this double beam. So, now I'm left with an open exterior wall leading up to the window. Next to the window I still have the vinyl, hardboard, tar paper, osb and insulation.
I need to replace the rotted double stud next to the window as it is very weak and deteriorated 70% through. Do I need to replace the entire stud?
A local contractor said that he doesn't need to go all the way up but the entire bottom is rotted so I don't see how. I think I can do the repairs myself but I'm unsure of the best path here.
If I do need to replace the entire thing, what is the easiest way to do that? Do I need to pry through the layers? Cut through them with a Sawzall?
Any suggestions are much appreciated.