We’re getting ready to paint and I was checking around my porch. There are three columns that support the roof over my porch. One of them had a decorative cross member that was dislodged because of dry rot at the location where the cross member was nailed to the column. I saw some dry rot there and started to excavate the rot.
Here are some pictures of the bottom of the post. It has a small amount of concrete around the posts. The post goes into the concrete an inch or two deep.
What should I do about this. I think that since there are two others columns supporting the porch roof this one with the rotted base didn’t really affect the general load bearing aspect.
How should I fix this? Just add a lot of bondo, or wood filler, et.
Take the post out and put in a new one? (I don’t want to do this bc I would need to take out all he decorative cross beams.
Cut out the old wood base and graft on a nicer/new to replace the big sections that we cut out?