Archive for April, 2009

the Front Porch

My home has a western exposure and receives the full brunt of Indiana weather which typically travels from West to East.  Wind driven rain is a particularly tough maintenance issue to deal with especially with the wooden trim found on many midwestern homes.

Gaps on the wood trim is an early sign of impending wood rot

Gaps in the wood trim are an early sign of impending wood rot


Here is what the bottom of post looked like with  the trim removed.

Here is what the bottom of post looked like with trim removed.

The important thing to consider here is that these two posts are supporting my front porch. If either one fails, there is an excellent chance that the entire porch would fail. Not an inexpensive fix even if no one was hurt during if it collapsed.

Some serious rot!

Some serious rot!


Look closely at the above picture, its hard to tell but the 2×6 lumber the builder choose to use was not pressure treated for outdoor use (pressure treated pine is common in the Midwest for outdoor exposure). Now I understand that these two pieces of lumber were “protected” by their painted gray cedar trim, nevertheless it should have been assumed that water would get behind or under the trim and rot this support.

Newly installed pressure treated posts

Newly installed pressure treated posts


Nearing the finish

Nearing the finish

After the new interior support posts were installed. I was able to re-use much of the old outer trim. The unpainted trim was newly purchased cedar.

Total repair costs per support post was about $25 and several hours work. Much cheaper than a full porch collapse don’t you think?