Wood rot repair in outside shed floor

Roof leak = floor rot. Roof fixed. 2' square soft spot in floor. Would a wood hardner and epoxy kit possibly make it strong enough? We don't have the diy skills to cut it out & replace it. Any ideas?
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  • LandlightS LandlightS on Jan 06, 2014
    Wood filler would be a short term fix. You have to remover the damaged wood and replace......just as a dentist cannot add composite filling on top of decay...it will only decay further.
  • Moxie Moxie on Jan 06, 2014
    If it is just a shed and your not concerned with safety (cause you know its there) - just lay a sheet of plywood over the top so it is also laying on good floor and tack it down with a few nails...at least you and your stuff won't fall through and animals won't get in. Just a thought : )
  • Cynthia E Cynthia E on Jan 06, 2014
    if you can't remove that whole sheet of plywood and replace.. then cover rotten wood with a piece of linoleum of vinyl flooring first to keep wood rot from spreading to new wood and lay a piece of plywood over that secure down.. but best bet would be to remove whole sheet and replace
  • Building Moxie Building Moxie on Jan 06, 2014
    Hardener may be helpful. I've patched termite damage in floors with straight up wood glue (as opposed to epoxy) mixing with a little sawdust to fortify it. But really this is limited by how much damage we are talking about. Some great ideas here ... but I do agree with Cynthia & Gary @LandlightS ...I think patching the floor (replacing the damaged wood) would be best. It is not that difficult esp. if you have the right tools (certainly rentable at a home center). There are plenty of great how tos online, made easier by the fact that you'll be replacing with plywood likely (the patching piece cut also at the home center), plus it's in your shed - a good place to practice. ... there are a number of products for this job that pop up when I search. - https://www.google.com/search?q=wood+floor+patch.&oq=wood+floor+patch.&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.7803j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8#es_sm=93&espv=210&q=wood%20floor%20patch%20repair Good Luck @Cathy David Rieger
  • Cathy David Rieger Cathy David Rieger on Jan 06, 2014
    Thank you everyone!
  • Cyndi Moore Tippett Cyndi Moore Tippett on Jan 07, 2014
    I know you said you don't have the DIY skills to replace it, but you might want to at least try. It is more tedious than difficult. Since the wood is already rotten, take a chisel and hammar and start where rot meets good and start chiseling away until you hit a floor joist. Do that all around the spot and then with a crow bar finish getting out the rot and then replace with a new piece of plywood. The object is to get a floor joist where you can nail/screw the new piece of wood on the center. The only time this gets difficult is when the rot runs under the wall. Give it a try you might surprise yourself. You might be a DIYer
  • Terry's Flooring Terry's Flooring on Jan 07, 2014
    Replace the rotten piece ...You'll just need a pry bar and hammer to remove it ..
  • Cathy David Rieger Cathy David Rieger on Jan 07, 2014
    Thank you, that actually sounds do-able!
  • Cathy David Rieger Cathy David Rieger on Feb 01, 2014
    We used the saw and a patch piece of wood and it's just like new! Thank you for giving us the courage to try.