One of the lingering prep issues with the exterior was the drip cap on the dining room bay. It was suffering from the double injustice of being the most exposed on the ground floor (because of the bay) and having been installed improperly. In several areas of the house, the drip cap was horizontal instead of sloped. With our big eaves it’s not usually an issue, but the dining room catches more rain than any other area. And if there’s no slope for the water that builds up, what’s going to happen?
Unfortunately, I was unable to find any moldings that matched the profile of our drip cap. McCoy had one that looked right, but it was 1/2″ narrower than ourso match our house’s (F890 on pg 27 of their molding catalog.) So, I ended up buying a Cedar 4×4 and table-sawing my way to new drip caps. I can’t remember which took longer, making them or installing them, but they came out great. Sadly, my “brilliant” idea of adding a drip groove feature to the caps was one of short-lived glory. Once I installed the molding below, I realized that my groove was going to be covered by caulk 😦