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Polyurethane Wood Core Porch Post Installation
(Also see Planning & Placement and General Post Installation)
Install Polyurethane Wood Core Porch Posts with the included 3/8" thick PVC protective Bottom Shield. This provides adequate moisture control but you may wish to add an optional Mounting Block, Mounting Plate, or Deluxe Installation Bracket for a more traditional and finished appearance.
RAIL INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS
Handrail must be attached to the bottom square portion of your installed Posts. Keep this in mind if you need to shorten your Posts. To attach Rails, first pre-drill into the interior wood core. Installation screws must penetrate into this core.
Our Polyurethane Wood Core Porch Posts do not require painting. However, if you wish to paint, follow the paint manufacturer’s instructions for polyurethane surfaces. Avoid dark colors (those with L value of 56 to 0, where 100 is white and 0 is black.)
PORCH POST INSTALLATION
1. Measure height where Post will be installed, then use a bottle jack (available at Wal-mart) to place a temporary support that lifts porch structure just slightly higher where Post is to be installed. Be sure temporary support is secure. Normally, Posts can be installed one at a time with only a single jack.
2. If using Handrail, check local building codes for minimum rail height. Handrail should fit entirely on the bottom flat area of Post. Decide how much is to be trimmed from each end of Post. Keep in mind you need to leave enough top flat area for any intended decorative items and you need to allow for the 3/8" thick Bottom Shield. (Optional Base Mounting Block is 1-1/4" tall in PVC and 1-1/2" tall in Cypress. Optional Aluminum Mounting Plate is 1" tall. Deluxe Installation Bracket raises Post 3/8" above the floor surface. Trim Posts the appropriate amount shorter if using one of these optional accessories.)
3. With the above considerations in mind, trim Post at top and/or bottom.
4. Prior to installing the included 3/8" thick Bottom Shield, apply one coat of exterior primer and 2 coats of exterior paint to Post bottom and let dry until paint is fully cured.
5. After paint is fully cured on Post bottom attach 3/8" thick Bottom Shield to bottom of Post.
6. If you will be using an optional Mounting Block attach it to bottom of Post now. If you will be using an optional Aluminum Mounting Plate or Deluxe Installation Bracket have it ready to position.
7. Using a plumb tool, find and mark bottom position of Post on floor.
8. Slide Post into final position. Check for plumb and then remove temporary support while keeping Post in position.
HALF POST INSTALLATION
Half Post are NOT intended for structural use. The backs of Half Posts should receive two or three coats of paint prior to installation to protect the wood core that was exposed during splitting. Optional Mounting Blocks, Plates, or Brackets are available to fit Half Posts.
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