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Old 12-10-2018, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hello all, have a house that has an old power line wood post supporting a support beam in my basement. there's a large vertical gap in the post now. the beam is supported on both ends by a stone foundation wall. should I replace the post with a jack post, or would a 4x4 or 6x6 wood post suffice? thanks.
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Got a picture?
Just sounds like what's called checking, any 4 X 4, or 6 X 6 will do the same thing.
It's caused by uneven drying and in most cases has no effect on strength.
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will try and get a pic. thanks
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Probably not a 4x4
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If your asking the question about strength I feel your concern. For piece of mind I would install a steal column with plates on top and bottom and forget about it.
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The checking in and of itself is probably nothing to be concerned about, leave it alone and learn to stop worrying so much.

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If you do replace the post then get someone in to determine whether there is a footing as opposed to just the concrete slab underneath, and more importantly to determine whether a new footing is needed.

Then your choice of wood or steel post.
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Or just bolt the old one back together.
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