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How To Remove and Brace a Rotting Porch Column

Learn how to take the first steps toward replacing a porch column.

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    $500 - $1,000

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Step 1: Remove the Rotted Porch Column

First, remove and decorative brackets and/or railing from the rotted porch column. Use carbide scrapers and/or silent paint remover to scrape away paint, exposing the nails. Use a hammer and pry bar to loosen the brackets and balustrade.

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Step 2: Prepare the Porch Supports

Begin by cutting supports for the existing porch roof before taking the post out. Use 2x6s for the supports, and 2x4s for the stakes that will be used in the ground. Cut one brace to support the porch from the front, then cut another brace to support from the side and cut a third that can temporarily replace the post after it's removed.

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