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Wood posts used in pole barns can succumb to the ravages of nature, rotting away in the soil. Rotted wood posts undermine the structural integrity of a post-frame building’s foundation. You have two permanent solutions for correcting the problem. Replace deteriorating wood posts in the ground using the ICC-ES-certified Perma-Column® precast column foundation system or Sturdi-Wall® Plus heavy-duty anchor brackets. Choose a permanent solution. Repair. Replace. Restore.

Perma-Column® Solution

Step #1 - Remove post
  1. Locate rotted post to be replaced.

  2. Detach siding and remove existing skirt board.

  3. Dig down next to face and sides of rotted post with auger.

  4. Support truss with brace and hydraulic jack.

  5. Cut rotted post off at ground level. No measuring necessary at this point.

  6. Remove rotted portion of post.

Step #2 - Prepare for new post
  1. Clean out post hole to provide a level, compacted base for the pre-cast concrete pad. Sakrete or ready mix concrete can also be used for post base.

  2. Install pad and measure Perma-Column® for exact clearance needed. Note: Perma-Column® length may vary.

  3. Mark existing post and cut to desired clearance for Perma-Column® installation.

Step #3 - Install Perma-Column®
  1. Install and position Perma-Column®.

  2. Install 1/4” x 3” wood screws. Drill and install 1/2” Grade 5 bolts. Length will vary based on model purchased.

  3. Reattach siding and skirt board


Sturdi-Wall® Plus solution

Step #1 - Remove post
  1. Dig soil away from rotted post.

  2. Inspect treated lower board for decay; it may need to be replaced.

  3. Brace rotted post by fastening a support beam under truss and lifting with an adequate-sized jack.

  4. Make sure brace and jack assembly are installed safely and securely.

Step #2 - Attach Sturdi-Wall® Plus bracket
  1. Saw off rotted post approximately 3 inches below top of treated baseboard.

  2. Remove rotted section of post.

  3. Clean out all loose dirt from bottom of hole.

  4. Tamp bottom of hole to ensure a solid base for poured concrete in Step 3.

  5. Attach Sturdi-Wall® Plus bracket to bottom of post.

  6. Install 1/4” x 3” wood screws. Drill and install 1/2” Grade 5 bolts. Length will vary based on model purchased.

Step #3 - Pour concrete
  1. Use treated baseboard as outside form.

  2. Install additional forming around base of Sturdi-Wall® Plus using plywood. Form should extend 2 to 3 inches beyond post on three sides and flush with baseboard.

  3. Pour concrete to base of form and allow concrete to firm up slightly.

  4. After previous pour has firmed, pour concrete to top of form (base of the bracket). Rod and tap concrete to ensure a completely consolidated fill under bracket. Do not over vibrate or aggregate will settle.

  5. Remove brace and jack assembly after approximately 12 hours. Do not bump or fully load repaired post for 30 days.

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Don’t let deteriorated wood compromise the integrity of your structure. Learn how Perma-Column® and Sturdi-Wall® can be used to repair your pole barn, post-frame building, or deck. Download our guide for more info.

Guaranteed for generations

Get the most out of your investment. Perma-Column® precast concrete columns and deck posts are engineered to protect the structural integrity of your building or deck for generations—guaranteed. The lasting durability of precast concrete makes Perma-Column® a permanent solution, one that is backed by a lifetime limited warranty.


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