Artist Matt Brown says, It was pretty heavily cracked and pitted, with knotholes and so on. But, I had a plan. A technique traditionally used with a color-matched epoxy to the wood, to give an ‘invisible’ repair.
Family Handyman DIY Tip of the Day: Inexpensive Wet Basement Solution. Sloping the soil away from the house will take care of the problem most of the time. Firmly pack clay soil around the foundation, with at least a slope over the first 4 ft.