Older wood columns tend to rot at the bottom due to moisture penetration.When the column gets to this point, it should be replaced.Making sure the header was level, I secured it in place with a nail gun.
Using a pry bar, I removed the old header board which was too small for what I wanted, plus it had seen better days.
Look at me being all safe and serious...lucky for me that I wore the safety glasses because there was all sorts of dirt and debris falling out from underneath the header.
I've been wanting to wrap the posts to cover the punctured look of the treated wood and beef them up to create two architectural columns but was putting it off until we stained the porch.
With that out of the way, I was finally free to get this project started.
There's still a lot to tackle, so I took an overcast day to scratch one of them off of our to-do list.
We have two treated 4x6 posts supporting our porch roof.Since their installation, they've just been the orange-reddish shade of treated lumber and it looked absolutely awful.A few weeks ago I gave them a coat of white paint, which made them look better from afar, but not so much up close.Colonial corbels are basically nothing more than support blocks for cantilevered shelves, placed at the top of columns or under eaves. Dentil mold is the same thing, only much smaller and in sequences only a fraction of an inch apart up to a few inches apart, typically found under crown molding.Scrub them down with a wire brush to remove old paint or finish and repaint or refinish them.If they have sustained damage, purchase new ones and replace them for a quick update.