How to Repair a Wooden Picket Post?
The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of piers: solid and hollow. Hollow piers have no support underneath them, so they will rot away faster than solid ones.
Solid piers usually have some sort of support beneath them, but not always. If you don’t want your porch to rot away, then you need to make sure that it’s strong enough.
If you’re looking at repairing a wooden railing or patio fence, then you’ll probably need to replace the whole piece if possible. You may also wish to replace just one side of the old post with something new.
That way, when the other side rots away, the replacement part won’t fall down and break your house up too much.
It’s best to get a good contractor to come out and do the job for you. They will be able to determine which parts of the old post are most likely going to rot away first, and replace those first before moving on to the rest of the post.
A few tips:
Before hiring someone else, take their name and phone number along with pictures of what they did last time they worked on your porch.
There are several ways to go about replacing a wooden porch post. You could use nails, screws, bolts or even concrete blocks.
All of these methods work well for different kinds of piers. But what does it really matter which method you choose? What matters most is whether the post needs to be replaced or not! So let’s get started on fixing our porch!
What Does It Really Matter Which Method You Choose? If they are the type of person to cut corners, then you probably don’t want them working on your home. If they do a good job, then you should be able to ask them back again when it’s time to replace the other side of the rotting piece.
This is an easy way to save money and get a quality job done. Just make sure that your porch doesn’t fall down in the meantime!
If you have any questions just ask away!
I hope this helps.
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Sources & references used in this article:
- Apparatus and method for replacing a rotted portion of a support post and securing the post to a surface or pier (R Bergman – US Patent 8,622,364, 2014 – Google Patents)
- Newel post assembly (GH Eldeen – US Patent 4,367,864, 1983 – Google Patents)
- Brackets for retaining post and board ends (JA Belli – US Patent 6,336,620, 2002 – Google Patents)
- Rapid bridge deck joint repair investigation-Phase III (DA Morandeira-Alonso – 2018 – lib.dr.iastate.edu)