Over the years a single 4×4 support post has been warping on the deck:
It was perfectly straight when we built the deck three years ago:
That post has been pulling its counterpart away from the house:
I went to the ol’ HoPot yesterday and bought a comealong. I pulled the warped 4×4 back enough to where I got the counterpart 4×4 close to the house again:
It’s looking a little better:
But it’s not good enough. I’m going to the HoPot today and picking up either an 8-foot 4×6 or a steel bar to clamp to the warped post to “retrain” it.
I’m hell-bent on getting that post unbent.
We went to the HoPot where I went with the 8-foot 4×6. I also picked up six heavy duty clamps that are tested at 550 lbs.
I had Elise hold the 4×6 up against the warped 4×4 post on the outside of the deck while I clamped the top and the bottom to the 4×6. Here you can see how badly the 4×4 is warped (keep in mind that the post is still being pulled 3″ toward the house with the comealong):
Clamps are in place and I’m starting to straighten out the warped 4×4:
And now I’m happy that I have a straight 4×4 post:
Now to do a little research to see how long I need to keep my 4×6 brace clamped to the 4×4.