Porch post to floor connection

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Forum topic by Ben posted 12-03-2015 10:09 PM 512 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2015 10:09 PM

I’m redoing a neighbor’s porch. One detail that I’m always thinking about is the best way to connect the wood porch posts to the wood floor. On my porch, I used a piece of 5/4” Azek with some holes drilled through it, then ran a little Azek shoe molding around the post to cover the joint. Seems OK. But what about a situation where I don’t want the shoe molding?
I’ve looked at something like this: Seems a cool idea, but these posts are 4 3/4” square, so that’s out.

What would you guys do? Soak end grain in wood preservative, prime and paint, and stick it on the floor?

What about routing out a few little 1/4” wide/deep weep channels into the bottom of the post? Then prime/paint/install.


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#1 posted 12-03-2015 11:03 PM

Either use cedar or cypress or treated wood.
If its to be painted I would go with treated.

Any kind of post support will do if you want to go with ornamental its fine.

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#2 posted 12-03-2015 11:25 PM

There are cast porch post bases out there, as opposed to using the galvanized Simpson bases, and they aren’t too bad looking. But I think if you have posts with tight grain you could put a huge bead of caulk around the perimeter and put some quarter round around it and it will outlast you and your neighbor.

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