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Old 05-13-2013, 05:14 PM   #31
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Need to replace rotten wood support post on porch


It is pretty apparent to me that there are two girders that are carrying the corner of your house that meet on top of this column. If this were mine, I would remove the decorative aluminum wrap on the girders, as someone has suggested, as they would be dented if you jack on the cladding. Jack and hold both girders, and replace that post with a steel Box beam with 3/8 inch Bolt plates welded to the top and bottom. I would anchor the post to the concrete and lag it to the wood girders above then box it in with pre primed white pine. I would then clad it with white aluminum.

If you are not used to this type of work hire a pro. I would not use wood for this column.

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Old 05-14-2013, 12:59 PM   #32
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Hi Nick,

Thanks for your reply. I can't believe they can build houses like this (a main load bearing column that will need replacing within 10-15yrs!).

I think I will take the pro route with this one. It sounds like your father in-law was quite experienced with home repair and there were two of you doing the work.

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Old 05-14-2013, 01:15 PM   #33
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I was really shocked as well to find out that it wasn't just a decorative box around a steel post, which is what I have now. Especially when it's exposed to the lovely Ottawa weather. My father-in-law has a pretty good technical mind, he's a mechanic by trade and woodworker by hobby so he was certainly a big help.

I hope you get better prices then we got, one quote was $4000+ and he wouldn't even put the railings around the porch back up. Good luck!
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I was really shocked as well to find out that it wasn't just a decorative box around a steel post, which is what I have now. Especially when it's exposed to the lovely Ottawa weather. My father-in-law has a pretty good technical mind, he's a mechanic by trade and woodworker by hobby so he was certainly a big help.

I hope you get better prices then we got, one quote was $4000+ and he wouldn't even put the railings around the porch back up. Good luck!
I would have done it all for 4K Prep and jack, New 6 x 6 Steel Box beam, Cladding railing back etc etc etc.

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