Porch column with rotted base

Old 08-31-03, 12:36 PM
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Porch column with rotted base


I have 3 porch columns. One seems to have rotted at the base. It looks as if there is a metal base that lifts the column off the ground, then a 2.5 inch thick wooden block, and the center is a 4X4 wooden beam. It looks to me like this center beam is sitting on the block that has begun to rot away. There are decorative, non-load bearing wooden pieces on all four sides, except where I've pryed away the rotted parts.

How can I support the roof to replace the wood block at the bottom? Do I need a special jack, or can I brace the roof somehow? Once braced, how would I go about getting the column base out - do I need to bring down the entire column? If so, do you have any tips for getting the works back up again?

Finally, is it difficult to replace the column altogether?

Thanks in advance for your help!
Old 09-01-03, 11:19 AM
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Here is a site on that project.


Hope this helps.

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