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Porch column damage

Posted by Anamootoo (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 24, 13 at 13:04

Am trying to do some work on my porch and am unsure what to do about these columns. Is the damage so extensive that I need to replace or is there some product that I can fill with, sand, and repaint to repair. Thanks!


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Some other pics of the worst of it.

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Is the column structural or decorative?


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The roof line comes out approx. 6 feet to cover the porch and these 4 columns are at the end, so I assume they are structural. A carpenter told me it was just cosmetic- water damage from the paint being allowed to fail. He suggeted plastic wood to fill and sand... I think he's probably right but really wanted a second opinion. I don't mind doing either, but would rather keep the columns if they are repairable... but if it's just a stop-gap and I'll have to replace anyway then I'd rather do it now. You know?


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Nevermind. I pried open one of the cracks and can see a metal post bolted to the concrete slab- inside. It seems these are just decorative wraps for the original structural element. I think I am good to spackle and sand away. :)


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