rot base porch post


Old 09-12-15, 11:09 AM
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rot base porch post

We have a 5 year old home with a small front farmers porch (two columns). I know the columns are the cheaper paint grade columns. The base of the columns are beginning to rot a bit (mainly where the nails are and expanding up about 2-3 inches. The rot doesn't go in too far (less than quarter inch I'd guess). Eventually going to replace the wooden columns with something much more weather resistant, but would like to get another year or two (or more) from them. They're essentially these 5-1/4 in. x 5-1/4 in. x 8 ft. Porch Column-709721 - The Home Depot , I'm thinking the following, which would be better?

1. scrape away the paint in the area, apply a wood hardener, let sit a day or two, expoxy, then paint. Total cost, maybe 20-30 bucks.

2. same as above but build a PVC (trex type?) molding around the base (covering my repair), chaulk the seams, then paint. Total cost, 50-60 bucks.

3. Is there a wrap or box in option to put around existing posts?

For option two, could I simply make things worse? Would this simply hide or speed up returning rot, or would the PVC molding around the base keep it dry/protected?

I live in New England (southern Worcester County), anyone have a guestimate on simply pulling/replacing the two columns with something weather resistant? The columns are load bearing.
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Old 09-12-15, 02:04 PM
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You could post pictures so we can see what you see.

Ideally you want to raise the bottom of the columns off the concrete. Slightly jacking them up, cutting them off to a determined length, placing post bases under them, and letting them back down will help keep future rot away. You can trim around them to make them look better, just leave a little space under the trim. Simpson Strong-Tie 6 in. x 6 in. Composite Plastic Standoff-CPS6 - The Home Depot
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Size:  20.5 KB this is the worst spot. There's a tiny bit of give in the wood here.

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