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Should I replace a carport post as it was originally built or with an upgraded column?

The post looks reasonably adequate as it was originally built even by modern standards. If it wasn't you'd have seen disaster long ago, when it first started to decay. To maintain the style detail I'...
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Is it safe for my house's main carrying beam to be two separate beams?

We’ve learned a lot about construction in the last 115 years since your house was built. We use to just worry about holding everything “up”. Now we design for vertical loads and horizontal loads (...
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Steel basement columns have rusted and split open

A lot of variables... one of the most important is what load they are supporting and how badly are they rusted aside from the split. Unless you are in a position to accurately gauge their "importance" ...
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What is the right way to mount a support column to a deck and to a header?

Use a 8" x 4" x 1/2" Steel Angled Deck Bracket: (the same thing that should be supporting 'B') Menards cityofchicago.org deck code, page listed as 25:
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Proper way to secure a basement post to a metal I-beam

Some are welded, by bending those "ears" or "tabs" over, others are bolted with clamps using those tabs. Check what was specified with the architect / design engineer. And, YES, it is required, ...
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How to attach replacement beams to column when repairing pergola

Try Simpson's Outdoor Accents Product Line. Catalog here
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Adjustable steel column is raised too high - can I lower it?

Jacking buildings looks simple, but can be complex. I've done quite bit of it for a non-professional, but I happen to be related to a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer who directed the work I've ...
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Structurally required? I-beam support under stair opening header

2x8s aren't adequate for floor joists by modern standards, let alone for beams (even doubled). Someone probably added the steel beam and post due to floor bounce or sag. My former home had something ...
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What is the right way to mount a support column to a deck and to a header?

If you're rebuilding, can you plan it so the posts go all the way from the footer to the existing roof? It's probably easier and maybe cheaper all around that way, and far stronger. The attachment ...
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What is the right way to mount a support column to a deck and to a header?

In areas with little or no seismic activity, or no high wind lift, it can be toenailed in at the top and bottom with 4 12D galvanized nails on each end. 8 toenails, 2 on each face is cool too, but I ...
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How can house corner be supported when there's a deep cellar next to it?

Option 1: Post Shore up the corner temporarily by any means Remove metal sheets and rods at corner Dig out corner enough to be able to dig out a footing at the celler floor level Pour footing in ...
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How to properly anchor wooden porch columns to concrete pad?

A post base. There are several styles, this is one.
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Do I need to paint exterior fiberglass porch columns?

Ultraviolet light will degrade them (specifically the plastic that binds the fiberglass together into the "fiberglass reinforced plastic composite material" that we usually refer to as simply ...
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Shift Concrete Column by few inches

I would just angle the wall instead and leave plenty of room for a door. My OCD likes right angles too but there is nothing wrong with a wall that runs at an angle, especially in this case. Good ...
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Framing a basement column with off-center 2x6s?

You idea will work fine. No need for ramsets, there are self-drilling tapping screws that will hold those in place very well. Image courtesy of Uturn fasteners Big box stores or any good hardware ...
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Is this rust on my lally column safe to sand and seal?

That rust looks very mild, even near the floor where I'd expect it to be the worst. I'd have no concerns about wiping it down and spraying it with a primer designed to handle rust. You probably wouldn'...
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help with 6x6 pt post column twist at the top of post

Since you're going to be wrapping it in vinyl the best way to prepare a warped post is sanding the warp out of it as much as possible with a belt sander. What you'll be doing is sanding off the 'high' ...
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Proper deck post-beam-post connection

The usual length of 6x6 pressure-treated timber is 12', though you can get up to 24' (or longer) through special order, there is a rare need for that. Technology around wood connectors has evolved and ...
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6x6 Deck post repair, Joining two 6x6 posts

Can you? Technically I'd say "yes" but with the disclaimer that you should not and this would likely not pass inspection (and I wouldn't do it because it's difficult to do safely, not ...
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6x6 Deck post repair, Joining two 6x6 posts

Dry rot doesn't really exist but I'll imagine you said brown rot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_rot It sounds like your post is not 6" above grade. I'd probably just put a 6x6 sonotube into ...
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Adding blocking between joist to support column?

This is the reason for the blocking: "additional vertical members (2x4's) to carry the load from the beam up to another load bearing object above the floor (e.g. a new column)" In other ...
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holes in the wooden columns of the porch

As JACK and Ed Beal said they are probably carpenter bees which are benign enough. However, I take it you're more concerned with the structural issues they may cause. If you're like me, I look at that ...
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holes in the wooden columns of the porch

Whack the pole with a hammer a few times and see if you can stir the bees up enough to fly out. stick a piece of wire down there to get an idea of how big an opening there is and maybe spook them out. ...
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Floor Support Repair

I had a similar situation, only it involved removing some load bearing walls. The wall framed what originally was the furnace (boiler) room in the house. Inside that room was a ~3'x6' entry into the ...
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Removing the concrete from the top off a concrete column

You almost certainly do NOT want to cut off the rebar in the columns as suggested by @EdBeal - that should be tied in and/or bent and tied in to the rebar in the beam. I'd think long and hard about ...
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Attach rim joist to post supporting roof

It is mostly a style and preference choice. The original half inch lumber post is probably not structural, though it could well have been a cheap replacement for one which was more substantial. From ...
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Installing permanent support column in the basement

The install of the post could be as straightforward as it gets, set the post in plumb, tighten it up, drill holes in the concrete to accept wedge anchors or another type of fastener and secure the top ...
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Installing permanent support column in the basement

It's not bad at all actually, the drywall chunk above the column's cover isn't even crushed. For as new as your lumber is this is just for stability to guard against sag & not a truly critical ...
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