We have this post that is now loose. I wanted to set it back in place and stabilize it (using construction adhesive), so I took it out completely to clean up the ends, and this is when I realized that it could not be put back because it had started to rot.
Now the plan is to change all of our posts, but being in this part of Canada, contractors don't work all year round and so we'll need to wait until next year, after the winter.
So I need to set it temporarily until next year; it needs to be stable enough so that the elderly folks living there could use it as a help to climb up and down the stairs, while not screwing up with the project of removing it next year.
How it was before
Apparently, the post was only forced into place between the top concrete porch floor and the bottom concrete wall, held at the top with caulking. (I'm surprised it has lasted so long!)
How it is set now
I've used plastic wedges (I think those are typically used to stabilize plumbing equipment like toilets) at the top and at the bottom, the post appears to be stuck there now.
What I think could be a solution to this issue
Since I need to set it temporarily, I thought about using the solution I've put in place now using wedges, plus using a "removable sealant", like the one I use on my windows during the winter. The logic being that the caulking that was there before held up for 20+ years, this temporary caulking could hold up for at least a year.
What should I do to set it until next spring/summer?
- The rot is on the bottom part, the top part looks fine.
- The post is composed of a 4x4 wood beam, with the bottom and end parts covered with plywood; all of this covered with aluminium sheeting.
- The porch looks stable enough that it appears it does not need this post (I could remove it and the porch did not move; there is a gap between the post and the porch concrete slab on the other side.
- I understand that this post is there for supporting a vertical load, and should not be used, in theory, as a replacement for a handrail (I have suggested to the folks living there to have one properly installed).
- English is not my main language so if you see weird terms used, feel free to fix them.