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Old 07-02-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Hi Folks:

Need your advice and recommendations.

Yesterday I was painting 3 supporting columns that are under the roof of my front entry. The columns are 4x4s and are exposed to the environment. Although it is under cover, at times during heavy rains the inteface between the bottom of the column and the concrete floor is wet. It is not soaking wet but visibly wet. When the rains stops it takes about 1/2 to full day to dry (visually).

My friend came by and suggested after the painting is dry to apply a bead of caukling along the 4 sides at the bottom interface to prevent water from getting under the column. The column is in good shape and for all I know it is original to the home (60 years old). Would you do what my friend suggested? I am thinking the opposite that I should not caulk it because any slight amount of moisture trapped under the column will sit there and cause greater damage to the bottom.

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For some reason this post was duplciated. Can the moderator please omit it?

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Old 07-02-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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would be better if the post bottom was elevated,but i agree with you,easy in/ easy out

caulking would most likely fail and become an eye sore anyway
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would be better if the post bottom was elevated,but i agree with you,easy in/ easy out

caulking would most likely fail and become an eye sore anyway
My thoughts exactly....easier to dry out if left untouched. Unfortunately unable to elevate without doing much more then I want to at the moment.

I am not too worried about the looks because the bead would be small and the most folks walk right past the column without thinking twice about it.

Thanks for your input.
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I'm very surprized those post are not rotted out already.
Never use caulking there.
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Old 07-02-2012, 05:39 PM   #6
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I'm very surprized those post are not rotted out already.
Never use caulking there.
I assume the posts are original but I have no way of verifying. The posts looked and feel in solid condition. Regardless as you suggested cauking is not advisable. Thank you.

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