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#1 posted 06-13-2017 03:29 PM

jfreak53,

There are a few things that I simply refuse to undertake due either to the excess cost or complexity. Replacing the beam in the porch make-over would qualify as to complex for me. In addition to the prep work and hoisting the beam in place, there is engineering work. If the span between the new posts is too great for the species and size of the beam, an evidential structure failure could result. On top of that, I suspect that since this is structural work, it would require a building permit and inspection from your local building department. All this complexity is a little too much for me for the benefit of a cosmetic porch make-over.

It seems that the simplest approach would be to wrap the beam and the existing columns under the assumption that the better-half wants simple square posts. But even if she wants a different size or style of turned posts, replacing one post at a time and then wrapping the beam would be fairly fast, easy, and straightforward. However, some caution would be prudent when removing the corner posts and the field posts, since there may be a splice in the beam that was placed atop a post.

The third option you did not mention was that the beam would be unseen if the porch ceiling were lowered to flush with the bottom edge of the existing beam. The existing beam would remain in place and yet disappear; but there would be less ceiling height and I suspect it would be more work than the wrapping approach.


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