Don't let deteriorated wood compromise your structure
Download our rotted post repair guide for step-by-step instructions for fast and permanent post repair.
- Dig soil away from rotted post.
- Inspect treated lower board for decay; it may need to be replaced.
- Brace rotted post by fastening a support beam under truss and lifting with an adequate-sized jack.
- Make sure brace and jack assembly are installed safe and securely.
- Saw off rotted post approximately 3” below top of treated base board.
- Remove rotten section of post.
- Clean out all loose dirt from bottom of hole.
- Tamp bottom of hole to insure a solid base for poured concrete in Step #3.
- Attach STURDI-WALL PLUS bracket to bottom of post.
- Use treated base board as outside form.
- Install additional forming around base of STURDI-WALL PLUS using plywood. Form should extend 2” – 3” beyond post on three sides and flush with base board.
- Pour concrete to base of form and allow concrete to firm up slightly.
- After previous pour has firmed, pour concrete to top of form (base of the bracket). Rod and tap concrete to insure a completely consolidated fill under bracket. Do not over vibrate or aggregate will settle.
- Remove brace and jack assembly after approximately 12 hours. Do not bump or fully load repaired post for 30 days.
Disclaimer: Building renovation is hazardous and should only be performed by a construction professional.
Remove the Post
- Locate rotten post.
- Detach siding and remove existing skirt board.
- Dig down next to face and sides of rotten post with auger.
- Support truss with brace and hydraulic jack.
- Cut rotten post off at ground level. No measuring necessary at this point.
- Remove rotten portion of post.
Prepare for New Post
- Clean out post hole to provide a level, compacted base for the pre-cast concrete pad. Sakrete or ready mix concrete can also be used for post base.
- Install pad and measure Perma-Column for exact clearance needed. Note: Perma-Column length may vary.
- Mark existing post and cut to desired clearance for Perma-Column installation.
- Install and position Perma-Column.
- Install 1/4" x 3" wood lags. Drill and install (2) 1/2" bolts.
- Reattach siding and skirt board.