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Old 08-22-2008, 12:39 PM   #1
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When we bought our 125-year-old house, the porch had been enclosed. As part of the restoration process, we opened up the porch... and I installed some salvaged wooden columns.
In an effort to be as authentic as possible, I first replaced the porch floor with fir flooring. I put a redwood base beneath each column and caulked around the base.
Now, 18 years later, one of the bases is badly rotten, as is the bottom of the column...and, unfortunately, the floor beneath it has started to rot as well.
What did I do wrong... and what suggestions do you have for remedying the situation?
Thank you very much.

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Weep holes my friend, weep holes for the column's interior ventilation....


Sorry to hear about the rot.

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weep holes. Can U post a picture or two...fix will depend on how deep the rot goes. (probe with an old ice pick)
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Eighteen years is pretty good run, considering!
Replace everything that is rotten and it will be good for another eighteen!
I had a problem once where a post had rotted on the bottom.
Replacement was nigh on to impossibel, so I chipped away all the rot, and painted it with wood preservative. Turned the post bottom up and made a form to match the original shape. Filled it with concrete and let it set.
Returned the post to its original position, gave it a coat of paint and its been good for the last 15 years!
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Regarding Weep Holes... How Big, How Many?
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Pictures would help..

weep holes on all sides top and bottom as big as you can with out compromise to structural integrity.
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Can you post a picture so we can see the columns. Curious as to how it carries through the architectural style. And, is there a fix for those columns or are they damages enough where you need to buy new ones???
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Can you post a picture so we can see the columns. Curious as to how it carries through the architectural style. And, is there a fix for those columns or are they damages enough where you need to buy new ones???
If you are referring to my post about making a concrete base, I regret that I am unable to provide a photo as I no longer live in the same city.
I used a plastic flower pot that was rather conical and its bottom cut out. Its base diameter was about the same as the diameter of bottom of the post.
The post was of hollow construction, similar to that of a wooden barrel.
I had to pack plastic sheeting into the void, to keep the cement from running inside.

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