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Old 04-15-2018, 05:12 PM   #1
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I have this 6x6 post cracked. Any suggestions on something to use to keep insects out and possibly keep it from splitting more. It was like this when I bought the house. Itís about a 7 foot long crack. And prolly 2 inches deep in some spots



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Old 04-15-2018, 05:15 PM   #2
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A new 6x6. You a builder?
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:15 PM   #3
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That looks pretty significant. Porch awning/roof support? Is so, I would buy a new 6x6 post, and replace the existing one. You can use a floor jack to take the weight off the post while you replace it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:42 PM   #4
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Metal plate either side with bolts ran through or just replace it!
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:44 PM   #5
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Might want to scab a 2 x 6 on that side, full length to help.

Maybe some metal plates, like the joist-hanger brand. I think they make some big size plate that you just hammer on.

As far as insects, just run some liquid nails or wood filler in it.
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:50 PM   #6
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bolt a band around it drawing it back together ( if possible) fill crack with epoxy
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:51 PM   #7
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From the pic it looks like the post was set in the ground and then the cement poured. Going to be hard to replace it like it is.

My suggestion would be to drill and but some large bolts with large washers to close the crack if possible and then cap the entire post with something like Redwood or cedar to make it look nice, but you will have to countersink the bolts to make the cedar or redwood fit and look nice.

Might be able to as mentioned above and use a jack and a 4x4 to lessen the load and see if you can get it out and replace it.

That post looks like a treated lumber post and those have a way of warping or splitting.
No matter what you do, I would not use treated for supports like that, only Cedar or Redwood, especially if they are going to be exposed and not capped with 1x Cedar or Redwood for aesthetic purposes.
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Old 04-15-2018, 05:56 PM   #8
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buy a new post, cut to length. Get a floor jack and piece of pipe or 2x4 and jack up the fascia 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Take old post out and slide in the new post.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:07 PM   #9
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buy a new post, cut to length. Get a floor jack and piece of pipe or 2x4 and jack up the fascia 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Take old post out and slide in the new post.
To me that post is not sitting on the concrete. Look closely at the right side of the post near the ground. Looks like it goes into the ground below the concrete.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:40 PM   #10
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:02 PM   #11
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It does look like it may be setting down in the cement. If so, that wasnt a very smart move. If it is you can still use the jack/pipe, then use a chain saw to cut out the bad post. sand it down to the slab and put it the new post
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:17 PM   #12
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Looks treated, so insects shouldn’t be an issue. Like mudslinger suggested, put in some all thread and big washers and ratchet it down and then cut off the all thread at the bolt. I like the idea of cedar or redwood planks to cover the posts.
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:32 PM   #13
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Best bet and easiest/cheapest in the long run is to replace it now. Or you could put about 4 split bolts in it, then still replace it in a few years.
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:56 PM   #14
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Like others have said juck up and support the roof, but then I bet you can cut the post in half and pull it out of the ground. Take a tractor Jack and a chain and pull the post out of the ground, the dig a hole and set a new post.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:13 PM   #15
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I wouldn't do a thing to it except apply some stain/sealer. Let it ride and replace it in 15-20 years.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:16 PM   #16
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All thread and pull it back together. Then caulk the seems. Should last for years. JMO.
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Old 04-15-2018, 08:25 PM   #17
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Drill a hole at the end of each crack slightly larger than the crack. This will stop the crack from expanding, then use a banding machine and band the cracked portion together. But replacing it completely would be a better bet.
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Old 04-15-2018, 10:44 PM   #18
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If you do not want to replace the 4x5, Caulk the crack and cover that side with a 1"x4".
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:08 PM   #19
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I wouldn't do a thing to it except apply some stain/sealer. Let it ride and replace it in 15-20 years.
Winner!

Aint going nowhere, look behind you- you have a crack as well. Promise its stronger than 2 -2◊4s thats what hold up most porches.

Does a second floor sit on it?
Are you on the coast = 120 mph winds?
If not its all good
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:18 AM   #20
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Flex Seal!
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:37 AM   #21
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I appreciate all the advice. I have plenty of good options to weigh now and decide which route to take. It did just stand up to Harvey, so Iíll prolly just try one of the temporary fixes for now and replace at a later time. Itís supporting the roof for my carport, so thereís not a high weight bearing load... But high value objects are stored below lol
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Old 04-16-2018, 09:37 AM   #22
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As stated above.... Its probably just fine.... Just drying out.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:26 AM   #23
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Use some urethane caulk, same product used on concrete tilt walls. It's paintable and will not crack or shrink. Unless your a pro use tape and mask off both sides, caulk smooth and remove tape. Then paint the beam. Home Depot sells sika caulk in the masonry/concrete section but they prob only have white and lonestone(grey). Sherwin williams has a urethane called loxon and may have some color varieties if you don't want to paint. I wouldn't worry about bolting or splicing, those pressure treated timbers crack vertically all the time.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:25 PM   #24
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If it was mine I would fill with gorilla glue as directed and use at least 3, maybe up to 6 big c-clamps and close it back up. Get a few 4" long deck screws and put in from each side. Allow drying for 36 hours before removing the c-clamps.
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:44 PM   #25
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Those posts crack all of the time once they dry good. I wouldnít worry about the structural integrity of it (especially on a carport). Only issue would be if you want to fix due to cosmetic issues.


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Old 04-16-2018, 03:37 PM   #26
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I wouldn't do a thing to it except apply some stain/sealer. Let it ride and replace it in 15-20 years.
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Old 04-16-2018, 04:20 PM   #27
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Fill the cracks with turquoise, stain the wood, and call it art on Pinterest.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:39 AM   #28
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Fill the cracks with turquoise, stain the wood, and call it art on Pinterest.
haha this is great!
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:48 AM   #29
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Wood filler is your friend.
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