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Old 01-29-2012, 01:03 PM   #1
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I have this column at my house that is a big PITA! I've had a few people come 'fix' it and each time I think they just throw a bigger bead of caulking which doesn't last. What would be the proper way to fix this once and for all? Thanks!
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A picture with more of the column and its surrounding would be better to help you out.

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Old 01-29-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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Impossible to say from those pictures.
What's wrong with them?
What are they made of?
If there wood then they should not have been installed in direct contact with the deck, they should have been mounted on bases. I make mine out of PVC lumber.
There was also suppost to be drain holes at the bottom to dry out the inside and allow moisture to drain.
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bag a Sakrete cement...strain it into a bucket with window screen real fine mix it to a pourable consistantcy and pour it into the cracks forget the caulking crap...let it seep in and cure then hit it again..pre blast it with a hose or nozzle to remove loose stuff and pre wet it before pour
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Heres a better picture. They don't feel like wood, feels like plastic?
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Far more likly there fiberglass.
Ok so what's going wrong with them?
What have they been using to paint them?
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Far more likly there fiberglass.
Ok so what's going wrong with them?
What have they been using to paint them?
The problem is that caulking that keeps lifting off. I'm worried that when it rains water can get in through there and damage the structure? Paint is standard dun Edwards acri-flat.

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bag a Sakrete cement...strain it into a bucket with window screen real fine mix it to a pourable consistantcy and pour it into the cracks forget the caulking crap...let it seep in and cure then hit it again..pre blast it with a hose or nozzle to remove loose stuff and pre wet it before pour
So there's nothing down there that can be damaged by filling with cement? I just want to have a nice interface between the column and stucco that lasts and looks nice.
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Heres a better picture. They don't feel like wood, feels like plastic?
if you can't see anything in the photo before you send it. we cant see anything after you send it!
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What's your location? How old is that since the last fix?
Looks like standard seasonal expansion and contraction causing the caulking to split. perhaps a more rubbery caulking? I would suggest a polyurethane caulk. Around here it costs $7 a tube instead of the $1.50 the other stuff costs.
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What's your location? How old is that since the last fix?
Looks like standard seasonal expansion and contraction causing the caulking to split. perhaps a more rubbery caulking? I would suggest a polyurethane caulk. Around here it costs $7 a tube instead of the $1.50 the other stuff costs.
I'm in Las Vegas. It's probably been 2 years since the last fix.
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If it's PVC or fiberglass then it should not be sealed at the bottom. Water is not going to hurt it. By adding caulking you have just made a damm to hole in moisture and it will have no way to get out once the caulking fails.
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To me it looks like the bases are decorative and coated with "Dryvit" or some other stucco type finish. I would guess from the pictures, that whoever installed the Dryvit didn't use a bond breaker against the plastic column cover or caulked the Dryvit fast to the cover. Now when the column cover expands and contracts it tears the Dryvit. My guess is that there is a solid post inside to bear any load and everything you see is decorative. My opinion is that the bases need to be taken apart and redone by someone who knows how to create a dynamic joint. The sealant is actually what caused the problem in the first place.

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To me it looks like the bases are decorative and coated with "Dryvit" or some other stucco type finish. I would guess from the pictures, that whoever installed the Dryvit didn't use a bond breaker against the plastic column cover or caulked the Dryvit fast to the cover. Now when the column cover expands and contracts it tears the Dryvit. My guess is that there is a solid post inside to bear any load and everything you see is decorative. My opinion is that the bases need to be taken apart and redone by someone who knows how to create a dynamic joint. The sealant is actually what caused the problem in the first place.
I was hoping for an inexpensive fix that I could maybe do myself? Taking those columns apart sounds expensive.
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I would tear that base apart and fix it right plus what id there is rot going on in there? Call a contractor and get it done right.

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