I have a spigot on the side of my house that leaked before I bought the house. I ordered a new "vacuum breaker float" to fix the leak. However the 6"x6" wooden panel on the side of the house is rotten.
As far as I can tell this is a 6"x6" piece of wood with a working drip cap on top and some caulk around it. The siding is Hardie board. I'm thinking of removing the existing piece of wood and cutting a new 1"x6" piece of pressure treated pine with a skill saw to create a 6"x6" square (1" inch deep) to replace it. Then I would use some screws to fasten this new wood, caulk around it, then paint it.
I'm not sure about:
- Should I drill a hole in this new 6x6 square and remove the existing pipe or, more likely, cut the 6x6 square in half and make a hole in the middle so I can fit the two pieces around the pipe without disturbing it. If I cut the square in half, do I need anything other than wood glue to stick the two pieces together?
- Beyond caulking around the new wood I'm assuming I should add some silicon sealant around this plastic piece with slot screws going into the new wood.
If anyone knows how to approach this repair or if there's an easier/better fix I'd appreciate the help!