Splits/Crack on 6x6 PT support posts - cause of concern ?

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  1. Apr 4, 2018 #1

    Anidil Rajendran

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    1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg Greetings
    Hi All
    I just recently moved to my new home and everything is cool until I noticed the huge cracks on the column that supports on the horizontal beam. This is on patio. Pictures attached.
    Home inspection did not notice it when he did the inspection, nor did I. The inspection person now says it is a natural phenomenon and nothing to worry about. Looking at the length of the cracks and the weight the column is supporting, I am unable to buy it.
    The old owner says, it never bothered him and it is not something he did. I am assuming the cracks existed even before he moved in and deteriorated over a period of time.
    At this point what can I do to fix it?
    Is this a cause of concern ? is there a possibility the structure above can collapse if neglected?

    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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    You see that as fairly common when the member is unfinished and it would be of a greater concern if you could see through the member.

    Do you have a photo of the other side, or the other 3 sides?
     
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    It's called checking, caused by uneven drying, and it's normal and should not effect the strength.
     
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    That is not a problem, if you don't like the look dress it with something that looks nice.
     
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    thanks all
     
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    You can "wrap" the posts with 1'x6' wood to conceal the checking. It will look a lot better! Safety is no concern.
     

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    A 6 X 6 post can not be wrapped with 1 X 6's for several reasons.
    #1, They would not be wide enough, they would have to be made out of 1 X 8's that can be ripped down if needed.
    #2, I've never seen a perfectly straight pressure treated anything, so the box will need to be made bigger to account for that.
    I like to use vinyl post wraps so there's no more painting and no chance the bottom will rot out.
     
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    Put some bondo in the cracks sand the posts lightly and stain them to match the house trim.
     
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    Sorry but any form of filler will crack over time and act as a wedge as the wood shrink / swells over the seasons and will not take stain, unless you use solid stain.
     
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    Put some pliable / painters caulking in the gaps and paint with solid paint that will match the house trim.
     
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    [QUOTE="A 6 X 6 post can not be wrapped with 1 X 6's for several reasons.
    #1, They would not be wide enough, they would have to be made out of 1 X 8's that can be ripped down if needed.
    #2, I've never seen a perfectly straight pressure treated anything, so the box will need to be made bigger to account for that.
    I like to use vinyl post wraps so there's no more painting and no chance the bottom will rot out.[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, my bad for tossing off a quick reply. 1"x6" is too small. Ripping a 1"x8" would do the job.
     

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