Your Home Improvements
My name is James B. and I am redoing my large patio cover that has six posts, each 6”x 6”.
I once read that you put some sort of metal down so that the posts are away from the concrete and any standing water, preventing what I currently have - rotted wood due to wet areas.
Unfortunately I am not familiar with what these would be called, and am hoping you can enlighten me prior to this project.
I understand that I need to support the cover while changing out these posts, but since this is going to be quite the undertaking, I’d like to use the top quality materials during replacement so that I can get the longest
life out of the repairs.
The brackets that you are referring to are called stand-off-brackets.
On an existing patio you will use retrofit bracket, which is a plate that you’ll install by coring into the ground, adding an expandable anchor and then mounting the bottom plate to the ground.
There is then a cover plate that goes over that, much like a lid. This has a set of brackets on it to which you’ll mount your new post.
This set up is what you need to keep your posts from the ground, not too complicated but definitely will aid in giving you the longest life out of your new materials.
Do use caution during this project by securing your cover with proper support while replacing one post at a time.
You can get these brackets at your local big box store, and once you see it this will all make perfect sense, as it sounds like you are pretty well versed.
Something to consider, for a clean finished look, is to use 2” x 8”, using beveled edges to create a “skirt” or box, to go around the bottom and cover up the bracket and bolts.
There are many different options to doing this. If you’re handy you can come up with something nice to cover up the brackets. Make sure though, that you miter this and give it an angle so that it does not sit flat and collect water.
Seal the top well, using a urethane based caulking, for the best seal. I recommend Sika Flex, and prime your areas well with two coats prior to painting to match, and paint with two coats also.
The prep work on a project like this is as important as the safety issues, in order to give your new materials the best chance at a long life. Good luck with this project; it’ll be a good one for you.
I live in Canyon Country. The house has old windows with a sealant on them that is so cracked and dry it looks like the glass may fall out. What can I do about this?
What is this sealant, how is it removed and reapplied? I’m somewhat handy but need some guidance on a project like this, please.
– Mike M.
What you’re referring to is window glazing putty.
To remove this, you’ll need a good and sharp chisel with a small but effective hammer.
Keep in mind that you’ll be doing this against glass, so wear all of the proper safety gear so that you are adequately protected in case of broken glass. Even the best of technicians can accidentally break a window, so please take precautions.
These are wooden sash windows so you’ll also want to be careful to not damage your wood.
First, take a look at an area of putty that seems to still be in OK condition and make note of the look, and the angle that this is installed. Take a photo if necessary, so you can circle back to that once you are ready to re install.
Tap only as firmly as necessary to chisel out the old glazing putty. You’ll find little metal points on the inside; these are there to hold the glass in place. Be sure that all of these are present as sometimes when you’re removing the glazing they will come out and will need to be replaced.
The metal points and the new glazing putty that you’ll need are both available at the big box stores.
Once the windows are cleared of the putty, cleaned and secured with points, then you’ll take the new putty and roll it into a tube, then apply it to the new area.
Make sure that you apply the putty at approximately a 45 degree angle, like what you saw before you took out the old. The reason that this is applied at an angle is to keep the water from sitting on this area. The angle will direct any moisture to roll off and not allow it to sit.
You can always use YouTube to watch an install, it can really help.
You’ll need to let this dry 24 hours and then tape the area off very well, in order to protect the windows so you can prime and then paint two coats.
This is all a very time consuming project, but by doing it on your own you’ll save yourself a ton of money. And, the good thing is that you don’t have to do this all in one weekend. You can do one window at a time, over a period of months if necessary.
It is worth the labor, and definitely worth the savings doing it on your own. Good luck to you.