New Orleans is a great place to be a restoration carpenter. With 62 inches of annual rainfall and humidity levels that hover around 90 percent for much of the year, I'm guaranteed a steady stream of jobs repairing rotted windows and doors. Much of my work involves 100-plus-year-old homes; fortunately, given the high quality of their old-growth wood, I can make most of these repairs with a little epoxy.

But the millwork in newer homes is often a different story. Some of my clients with relatively new homes require extensive repairs after only eight or 10 years. While fighting rot in this region's climate sometimes feels like a losing battle, I've developed some techniques — and adopted some specialized products — to help new millwork and...

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