Porch posts


  #1  
Old 06-19-17, 12:32 PM
P
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 17
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Porch posts

I am trying to understand why on a covered porch do the posts/columns that support the roof sit on top of the flooring? Is this code, is it just a design feature, etc.?

I am replacing the existing wood flooring/decking of my porch with composite decking and having a difficult time finding a base/bracket to secure the bottom of the 4x4 post to.

Thank you
 
  #2  
Old 06-19-17, 12:56 PM
S
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 20,211
Received 1,177 Likes on 1,135 Posts
Generally speaking, a weight-bearing post or column should not be sitting on the flooring product.

Can you post a picture of this?
 
  #3  
Old 06-19-17, 01:00 PM
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 29,408
Received 1,570 Likes on 1,408 Posts
There are no codes that I am aware of, its simply the construction method that gets used most often. The columns get replaced now and then. They are often just toenailed.
 
  #4  
Old 06-19-17, 01:08 PM
P
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 17
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Here's a pic of the porch when I was about halfway done with removing the flooring. It maybe difficult to see, but the posts were nailed into the flooring.

Name:  20170614_164659_zpsn7nrnemu.jpg
Views: 123
Size:  32.3 KB

Please note: There are many other issues going on here that I'd like to ignore for the purposes of this discussion. I'm concentrating on the posts for right now and am addressing the other various issues.

Also...I did not build, nor contract for this porch. We purchased the home a couple years ago and the porch has been there for some time.
 
  #5  
Old 06-19-17, 01:24 PM
S
Group Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: WI/MN
Posts: 20,211
Received 1,177 Likes on 1,135 Posts
Apparently they don't need a lot of lateral support. You could just rebuild the same way it was built originally.
 
  #6  
Old 06-19-17, 01:52 PM
P
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 17
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Cool.

Are there brackets that I can use to make that easier? To be honest, I'm not too good at toenailing.
 
  #7  
Old 06-19-17, 02:36 PM
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 29,408
Received 1,570 Likes on 1,408 Posts
Use 3 or 4" long finish screws.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: