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Old 08-12-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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rotting porch columns


I have two columns supporting an 8'x8' porch roof. The other side of the roof is attached to the house. The columns are sitting on cement and the bottom 6" of the columns are rotted. Do the entire columns need to be replaced or can I support the roof and cut out the bad 6" and replace with pressure treated of the same size? I was thinking of adding 5/4 PT wood about 12" high on all four sides of the column, glued and screwed with deck screws to the column and the added piece.
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Replace the whole post.
Main reason they rotted out most likely is there not sitting on post bases and are in direct contact with the concrete.
Conceder replacing them with PVC or fiberglass columns.
Any Lowes of HD stock them.
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Thank you Joe. PVC or fiberglass it will be.
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Your way can be done, it is done like that a lot.

Would I do it.

NO, unless the homeowner insisted that I do it.

Otherwise a new fiberglass or manufactured structural post is the way. they never need painting , if you get the right color, never rot again, last longer than I will be around to mess with them again.

And are usually more decorative.


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I repaired mine 1.5yrs ago. It still looks just as good today as it does in the pictures.

http://www.diychatroom.com/f49/porch...repair-175268/
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