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Old 04-08-2018, 01:01 PM   #1
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Are these post cracks to be concerned about?


Large posts in central post and beam of my sister's townhouse have these cracks. I assume all the units in the complex are the same...built in 2006. Any reason for remedy or is this ok?
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Old 04-08-2018, 01:22 PM   #2
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Re: Are these post cracks to be concerned about?


They are called "checks" and are completely normal, although not eye appealing. It is possible to fill the checks with something like an epoxy filler, but you may not get a stain match, and nothing is to say the checks won't enlarge. I would leave them alone, since they are structurally sound for their purpose.
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Thanks. As I thought. No there will be not need to fill them.
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Are those solid wood or is there a veneer wrapped around metal or less slightly wood?
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Fill jobs I've seen looked ok initially but terrible a few years later. Natural
checked look has character.
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General rule of thumb I was given: checks that follow the grain of the wood are likely normal shrinkage and usually not a problem. Checks against the grain or involving a large part of the beam’s radius may need to be looked at.
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Look for stain and finish in the cracks, that would indicate the crack were there before they were installed. The crack in the side of the overhead beam is the only one to watch for progression.
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A few ways to minimize the checking are to specify "free of heart" material and also cut a relief cut on the hidden side of the posts.
"Free of Heart" wood can get expensive due to the size of wood required for larger posts/beams.
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