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Peter
Replacing Patio Posts

Hi. I'm looking to replace my rotting patio posts with 6x6 PT lumber. Seems easy enough, but not so. While measuring I noticed that the brick that the posts are resting on is not level. It dips by about half an inch in the front. I am not sure how I should combat this. The 6x6's will be resting on 1/2" aluminum rests to prevent direct ground contact just like the old posts. I am a bit of a novice in the world of carpentry, but I would really like to get this done before the cold sets in. I've watched about a dozen or so youtube vids on replacing patio posts but none address this particular problem facing me. Please help!!!!

Seth
Re: Replacing Patio Posts

I assume that was done on purpose to allow water to run off, though that seems excessive.

A problem with PT is that it starts out ugly and just gets uglier as it dries and cracks and/or loses chunks. You could hide that and hide crooked hardware by installing 4x4 or 5x5 posts and wrapping it with nicer wood. We are installing 6x6 on a wonky porch and wrapping it with 2" douglas fir to match 8x8 posts. We had to bend some of the brackets to get everything to fit. But all the hardware will be covered, and if the fir ever rots hopefully we can replace that without replacing the posts.

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