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Ordering Porch & Newel Posts

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Determine the quantity of Porch Posts you will need by referring to your Plan. Note quantities for both full and Half Posts (used against walls).

Several considerations will determine the size (and position of the turned portion) of the Posts you will require. Generally, a 5" or 6" thick Post is best for residential construction, as the 4" size will appear too light unless spaced fairly close together. Also, over about 8-1/2 feet (102") in length, a 6" thick Post will look more balanced.

As with most "lumberspeak," the actual finished thicknesses of Porch Posts will be a bit less than their listed thicknesses. We will always show both the listed dimensions and the actual dimensions whenever there is a difference.

The style of Posts you choose is a matter of personal taste.

Porch Post Installation Accessories
If Posts are allowed to sit directly on the porch floor, they will eventually get the dreaded "soggy bottom rot!" This is caused by moisture working into the space between Post and floor and then remaining for long periods of time due to limited air circulation. The solution (in addition to proper painting of the Post bottoms) is to elevate each Porch Post and Half Post on a Porch Post Installation Accessory.

Newel Posts
Again, consult your Plan to determine the appropriate quantity of Newel Posts you will need.

Typically, Newels will be the same thickness or one size smaller than your Porch Posts. Their length is dictated by two factors: the length of the square base portion that is required for installation and the height of the installed Handrail. We generally recommend using Newel Post Mounting Kits, as discussed below, for the installation of your Newels. This eliminates the need for extra base length to accommodate the installation. Without the Mounting Kit, it will be necessary to extend the square base along the side of the structural portion of the porch to provide adequate support to the Newel. However, that method of installation could result in moisture damage to the Newel base located below the floor.

Newel length is also a matter of Handrail height. It is traditional for the top of the Handrail to meet the Newel one to three inches below the top of the flat portion of the Newel. Most Newel Posts will require some trimming to achieve this optimum length. Obviously, you'll be removing only from the bottom of the Newel!

Newel Mounting Kits
Newel Mounting Kits are specifically designed to provide lateral support to the Newel Posts. You will need to order one Mounting Kit for each Newel. Please see our installation information concerning the proper use of silicon caulk for this installation.

We are available by phone or email for free personalized consultation.

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