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Old 06-08-14, 04:07 PM
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Protect new porch post, pic attached

How to protect from rain and snow? I'm afraid they might leak into gap around the post.

Post was stabbed into a metal base inside the concrete, and concrete was filled around the post.

Is my porch post less protected than if I were to place a metal base on top of concrete.

Did I get scammed? My contractor talked me into this method, my original idea was to use a metal post base on floor level. One of the 4 pic attached was my original idea.
 
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Old 06-08-14, 05:05 PM
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Welcome to the forums! To go to the trouble of coring the patio and pour footings, which I assume are as deep as your frost line, then set the 6x6's directly on the concrete, you got the shaft. True the post bases cost about $21 each and it may have cut into his bottom line, but the way it was done is questionable. Not to mention why the balustrade was installed with blocks rather than buy them the correct length.
 
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Old 06-09-14, 03:31 AM
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I assume the original post was wider and that's why the railing's length didn't match up.
Doesn't make sense to me why he embedded the bottom of the post in concrete, even if it is just a small portion. Not sure you can do anything now but keep the post stained/painted ..... after it's dried out from the PT process.
 
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Old 06-09-14, 03:42 AM
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The last picture you added is exactly what should have taken place. Hopefully he didn't embed the posts in concrete. Tell me it ain't so.
 
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Contractor agreed to use my originally method, which was to fill the 12in deep hole with concrete and staple a new metal base on the ground concrete level.

He arrived at my house with a new pole and new metal base. He removed my old pole and discovered an unused metal base already down the hole. Surprisingly my old pole was sitting on the ground surface level, and underneath it was a 12in hole with a brand new metal base.

His new idea was to insert the new pole into the empty metal base 12inches below ground level. He convinced me aggressively into using his new idea.

I'm afraid that my pole would rot. It is like inserting a wood pole into a coffee cup and fill the cup with concrete. What should I do to protect the pole?
 
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Old 07-05-14, 09:25 PM
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Replace the wooden member with galvanized steel. It should out-live your grandchildren.
 
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