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First to make clear that the post wasn't glued to the slab, the sealant/caulk was meant to protect the post from the intrusion of water/moisture. As you have noted, the post may not be the main support, since the slab seems comfortably sitting on the wall and the stairs (depends on how it was built). However, it could be a necessity for safety shall the ...


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This needs to be taken seriously especially since people use it as a support. That post could be transferring load from the upper floors down to the concrete footer so it should be really secure. Since the post is rotting, I don't think you should trust it. For a temporary fix, I'd suggest a ceiling jack similar to the one pictures below. You can get them at ...


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4x6 will be fine. I didn't bother to look up the tables, but a 4x6s vertical load capacity in this situation will be well over 10,000 lbs each. Make sure to orient them such that the wide face side holds the bar. I agree you should put them deeper in the ground, your main issues will be bending moments. Swinging front to back won't bother the 4x6 at all, but ...


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I am a fourth generation fence company owner in Florida. In my entire career, we have set wood 4x4s in the ground without concrete as does every other fence professional around. The concrete is not smooth in a hole and holds water. Every single post set this way rots quicker right at the top of the concrete in just a few years. However soil alone packed well ...


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