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Old 02-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #16
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not totally sure but it looks as though the beam for the porch/roof goes from outside corner of garage across (over top)where the posts are and then has bearing over by the wall next to front door. ?? the roof rafters could have a knee wall off of the beam to hold them up otherwise what exactly is holding the roof up there across the porch? is that roof line sag in the framing or just incorrectly installed fascia?
That sag is the fascia's.
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That sag is the fascia's.

the fascia couuld be getting rotten from the valley leaking, if you see the underside of the plywood on the roof wet when you pull the fascia (open rafter tail without sub fascia). though the rot is most likely from blowing wind while the valley dumps water, the drip edge looks to be in question as well- the shingles should stick past the drip edge at least a little bit more than they are there.
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If the columns are support there wouldn't there be a steel pipe in them?
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I assume it is safe to say that they do not offer any support. I just pulled the fascia off.

Next to the split 2x4, you can see nails coming up through the soffit. It looks like someone ran the nails through the top of the column at an angle to hold it in place.


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I assume it is safe to say that they do not offer any support. I just pulled the fascia off.
Well that sucks. It just made that job a whole lot easier.
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Well that sucks. It just made that job a whole lot easier.
Haha, yeah!
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Being that my access to those nails is very limited, are there any suggestions on how to remove the column? I can't reach them with a reciprocating saw, and trying to hammer them back out is just out of my reach. I have no access to them from inside the attic. I took a scrap piece of wood and put it up against the bottom of the column, then started lightly hitting it with a rubber mallet. I shifted the column, but then decided it was best that I ask first.
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Being that my access to those nails is very limited, are there any suggestions on how to remove the column? I can't reach them with a reciprocating saw, and trying to hammer them back out is just out of my reach. I have no access to them from inside the attic. I took a scrap piece of wood and put it up against the bottom of the column, then started lightly hitting it with a rubber mallet. I shifted the column, but then decided it was best that I ask first.

carefully rock the column back and forth which should give you enough room to slide a saws all blade to cut.
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carefully rock the column back and forth which should give you enough room to slide a saws all blade to cut.
Thanks. I'll try that right now.
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Just cut the plywood around the post since you are going to replace it anyway.

I'm wondering.... It looks like that post is located directly under that beam. I wonder if at one time, it actually supported the beam. It seems like that beam isn't overly large to span a fairly long distance, and it looks like it is supporting at least a portion of the roof over the patio.

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I followed framer52's advice on rocking it and cutting the nails. The column is out. It wasn't offering any support at all.

Unfortunately, I need a new column. This one has soft spots of rot about 6-8 inches up from the bottom. The column is also what appears to be three 2x6's glued together to make a 6x6 square, then turned on a wood lathe to make the shape. As I was carrying it to the garage, the glue let go on part of it and it started to split. I could glue and screw it back together, but like I said, it has some rot.

When I put the new column in, I will put it under a beam, just be safe.


Edit. I didn't realize it was getting so late in the day. (2hrs of sunlight left). I haven't pulled the old soffit down yet, so I will do that tomorrow. I've been cutting and fitting the fascia boards in between primer / paint coats on the new soffit board. I'll probably tack up the fascia's to keep critters out overnight, then get started at sun up tomorrow morning. This will also give me some time to go to the local hardware stores and see if I can find a matching column.

Why has it taken me all day to do this little job? I have a girlfriend who won't stop asking questions and worrying that the house is going to fall down.


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Showing the rot at the bottom.


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The soft spots:


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And where it started to separate while I was carrying it.

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I'd say this one is done, and needs to be replaced.
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those certainly look like decorative posts in your situation -optional porch detail... were both posts toenailed to the plywood soffit ? looks like that beam in the pic catches some of the weight for the rafters where they go from the ridge and land across the exterior wall extending out to form the roof edge but those posts would have only helped hold up the soffit in that one spot. good thing you caught it, soon the posts would have been hanging by the nails and pulling down the soffit..
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Those are rather common items-----any good lumber yard will have those in stock or could get them for you in a few days------
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Thanks. Being that they don't offer any support, I am going to finish the soffit and fascia board, then go find another column later today.
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