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  1. General DIY Discussions
    Hi All, I am replacing a rotted out front porch column and was hoping someone might be able to assist me in determining what these 1x4 decorative boards are called. It looks like the 4x4 post is encased in these trim boards. I am normally pretty good about "Googling" my way to the correct...
  2. Building & Construction
    I am doing a makeover of my patio columns. This one is right by a metal gate that I plan to change out later. The 2x4 supports of the column are all in good condition. I don't see any termite or dry rot. But when I took the face off (face is not in a good condition, all cracked, old wood...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hey all, i am reconstructing a porch column that I found was rotting at the base. the previous builder did NOT use and treated wood on the column, and the plywood that was redheaded to the ground had rotted out along with the base of the 2x4 frame. I am using treated lumber to frame out the...
  4. Building & Construction
    Do you think these are load bearing columns ? I checked the basement below and the wall below is load bearing .. since the floor joists all end at the wall. also, the joists on the ceiling are running perpendicular to the wall/columns as well. i drilled a hole int he column and its made of...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    We are looking to replace the only basement support post/column because it has a bit of previous rot (dry now). The house is 50+ years old, small, one storey, and all other bearing points for joists and the beam (with a lap connection at column) are on the foundation wall. Our issue is that...
  6. Building & Construction
    Please excuse me if my question sounds trivial, I have little experience in construction. I want to make a column, 6’ tall, which will support a 1000lb weight and may be subjected to 200lb lateral load at its top. The project is located in a room with concrete slab floor. The only complication...
  7. Building & Construction
    Here is one that may not really be DIY, but I am soliciting ideas for what could possibly be done or if this is a Remove and Replace.... Holding up my living room ceiling are some 20+ foot tall, 12"x12" Douglas Fir Timbers. At the top they did trusses to support the roof. These are...
  8. Building & Construction
    I want to increase existing footer thickness on 20" round footing that is about 3" to 4" thick now (best guess from outer edge). Problem is it is 16 years old, not flat , not smooth & is dirty. It also has a 2x6 imbedded in it that I can't remove as it is not rotten (nor was the post). This was...
  9. Electrical
    I'm working on a plan to do electrical rough-in in a remodel and realized that it would be very convenient to bore a smallish (maybe only 1/2" - 5/8") hole in a set of tripled 2x4s under an LVL beam (thus making them a column, I assume). I've read of course about being able to do a 40% bore on...
  10. Building & Construction
    I'm building a gazebo to go over a hot tub I've just ordered. The dimensions of the gazebo (not counting the soffit overhang) is 10' x 9'. I'm putting seven 4x4 posts in a "U" shape. In other words, I'll have posts in 4 corners, and then additional posts in the middle on each side of the gazebo...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hello, I need to replace a lally column in my basement. The poured cement floor right around it has got soft and I am afraid the column may be sinking. My thoughts... -Reinforce the main beam that it is holding up with 2 temporary columns just to the right and left of existing column...
  12. Building & Construction
    The back storage addition to my new home has a post supporting the central beam that worries me. The post is out of alignment, with the bottom of the post about a half inch offset from the top. In addition, the post cap is far too small for the load it's carrying and is causing the wood above it...
  13. Electrical
    I am going to install a new 20 amp circuit in my unfinished basement to supply some much needed outlets to one side of the room. I'd also like to have recepticles in the center of the basement, but don't want to install up in the ceiling. Given that there is no wall in the center, and there is a...
  14. Carpentry
    I building 5 tapered columns on a breezeway using exterior 3/4 mdf (signboard). 6 ft tall on a 3 ft eng. stone base. approx 3 in. air gap around 6x6 post. I once had a house with hollow columns that had a small vent on the side. It looked like a louvered vent that would go in a gable only it was...
  15. Building & Construction
    Hi all, Another first-timer coming to learn from the experts. Thanks in advance! After some recent 200 year flooding in my area, I had the fun task of ripping out sheetrock etc in the basement and I discovered something startling... The main beam that runs the length of the house appears...
  16. Painting
    I am trying to re-energize our front concrete porch and am wondering about painting the three square columns a new color. Do the columns have to match the trim color? Our house is sage green, trim is cream, stone work is terracotta-ish. Has anyone ever seen columns of a different color? Or...
  17. General DIY Discussions
    I have a small 1904 house in Seattle. It has a simple covered porch that's about 8 x 10. On the southwest corner the post holding up the roof has a lot of rot (not all the way through) in the base. The rot extends to the decking surface as well in a square about 1 x 2'. The underside shows...
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