Solutions for shrinking posts
We are in the process of renovating a 19-year-old "Brooks" post-and-beam home. Where the post and beams meet, in several locations, a gap has formed. We do not know how to repair or fill these to keep the
look but ensure privacy. Any suggestions?
— Jacquie, Mount Vernon, NH
Tom Silva replies: What's happened is that the posts have shrunk away from the walls. When the house was built, the beams rested tight against the posts but, over time, the house has dried out the posts, causing them to
shrink. You've got a number of options to close the gap. You can fill in the gaps with foam insulation (which expands and contracts well), go over the gap with joint compound, tape down along the wall, and feather that out as if you were going to drywall. Or you could apply a piece of wooden molding over the gap and paint the molding the same color as