Summertime. Abundant honeydos and attending to deferred maintenance.
Was cleaning scale from the base of four columns supporting the roof over the pool deck when this one crumbled. Seems chlorine over time doesn't agree with them. These columns are 2"x2" and reminiscent of the wrought iron decorative supports used on front porches for many decades.
These guys have been here for fifty-five years, so I'd have to say they have served well, although with better maintenance they would have served much longer.
WHAT would be the process for repair? Would replacement be the more wise alternative? The other three are in good shape and wire brush/sanding and rustoleum have them in shape for the next cycle. But what to do with this disaster waiting to happen?