How to remove and replace porch columns
Is your porch what you want it to be, or could it be more? My friends house had some rotting porch columns that needed to be replaced and was quoted over $800 for them to be replaced. YEAH, RIGHT!! There was no way in the world I was going to let him pay that for something so simple. The pictures below show how bad the damage was, except the columns that were hanging off of the actual porch.
Out With The Old Porch Columns
To remove the original porch columns you need to make sure that any screws or nails holding them in place are marked. After making sure you know where they are you will need to lift the roof of the porch cutting/removing any screws or nails holding the columns in place. For this project, the screws were already broken so we saved some time.
As we looked at more of the damage we decided to replace the whole thing to include the hand rails. We did have to cut the screws that anchored it into the cement as they were not readily available. Since we only had one jack, we removed and replaced one column at a time.
In With The New Porch Columns
We ended up using some metal brackets and cement screws to hold all of the columns and supports in place. This helped make the columns more stable and made it easier to install. We made sure to use brackets that were suited for outdoor use to ensure they last longer and wouldn’t break like the previous install.
After both columns are in place measure the length of all your previous pieces (if you want it the same size) and cut your boards accordingly. For the legs of the hand rails we decided to use the same brackets that we used for the columns. The last thing you want is for your handrail to be shaky and unstable.
Once all of the columns, braces and rails were installed we painted them white to give them an extra pop against the blue of the house. My buddy will be paining his steps and window seals so they don’t look old and beaten next to the new install.