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Old 11-28-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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6X6X15 ft posts look too small


My carpenter built a 18X14 screened in porch attached to new garage with same roof over both. The porch is perched on PT 6X6s. It's beautiful except the 6x6s look like match sticks to me because it's 15-16 ft off ground. I'm thinking of wrapping them with 1x6s & 1x8s and redoing the cross ties. I feel pretty stupid because I should have made him use 8x8s. At this point what should I do? Thanks.

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Old 11-28-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
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My carpenter built a 18X14 screened in porch attached to new garage with same roof over both. The porch is perched on PT 6X6s. It's beautiful except the 6x6s look like match sticks to me because it's 15-16 ft off ground. I'm thinking of wrapping them with 1x6s & 1x8s and redoing the cross ties. I feel pretty stupid because I should have made him use 8x8s. At this point what should I do? Thanks.
That passes codes everywhere except Cali and Florida I would guess, with some mid-span bracing. I probably would have went with steel posts and box em out to 12x12 or similar. These posts will most likely twist and bow as they dry as well.

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My carpenter built a 18X14 screened in porch attached to new garage with same roof over both. The porch is perched on PT 6X6s. It's beautiful except the 6x6s look like match sticks to me because it's 15-16 ft off ground. I'm thinking of wrapping them with 1x6s & 1x8s and redoing the cross ties. I feel pretty stupid because I should have made him use 8x8s. At this point what should I do? Thanks.
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Old 11-28-2011, 08:37 PM   #4
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My carpenter built a 18X14 screened in porch attached to new garage with same roof over both. The porch is perched on PT 6X6s. It's beautiful except the 6x6s look like match sticks to me because it's 15-16 ft off ground. I'm thinking of wrapping them with 1x6s & 1x8s and redoing the cross ties. I feel pretty stupid because I should have made him use 8x8s. At this point what should I do? Thanks.
It's not clear from your post whether your concerns are aesthetic, structural, or both. Can you elaborate?
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A 6x6 is a pretty stout piece of lumber....but like ironlight said....are you concerned about looks or strength?

Strength wise....on downward force....plenty of strength....assuming they are proper crossed braced. Hopefully he used some Simpson hardware on top.

I live in California (earthquakes)....I have 6x6's supporting the second floor of my 2-story addition.
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Old 11-29-2011, 05:37 AM   #6
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If you are looking for a look more in proportion to the size of the building---then wrapping the existing with cedar or other material is a good way to go---

If you don't own the tools needed for the job---calling in your carpenter for a day might be the best solution.

If you wish for some suggestions or techniques--post a picture or two and someone here will help.
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The slenderness ratio of the posts needs to be checked. Having done so (ie the height and bracing of the posts proves ok) then adding two additional posts at each corner spaced slightly apart from the exiting might add more elegance. ( three posts at each corner in total forming a 90)

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