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Hi,
I have some wood posts on a porch / balcony that have to be replaced.  I had someone replace them but the posts are "floating".  That is they attached a metal post base but it is not flush to the bottom of it, they screwed it in on the sides and there is a gap on the bottom of each post.  The wood posts do not make contact with the bottom of the metal post base.  They has caused one of the beams to start spitting already.  I also found out that "light duty", post bases were used on the 8ft posts.  I can't seem to find on Lowes or Home Depots website a heavy duty metal post base.  I need your recommendation on what type of base post to use, also the original posts where attached with just one bolt, is that sufficient?  

Thanks so much

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Ok, this is a little difficult, only because I'm not sure what you mean by certain things that you are attempting to describe. Please upload a photo or two, three, if at all possible. If not, then just let me know, and maybe describe it just a little better, and I'll do my best to help in any way I can.
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Michael Romano

Expertise

I can answer any questions relating to decks, porches, exterior stairs & railings, walkways, access ramps, pergolas, deck roofs, screen rooms, etc... These may include design ideas, footing to framing design & construction methods, various species of woods vs. composites & pvc/vinyl materials for decking, skirting, or railing applications. I also have expertise in various rain-free systems for under-deck storage & living spaces.

Experience

I have designed and built decks and many other types of outdoor structures for over 25 years for my own home improvement company. We also perform many other types of home improvements, including window & door installation, molding & trimwork, siding, basement finishing, siding, etc. Our main love however, is decks!

Organizations
NADRA - The North American Deck and Railing Association. Several Small Business & Home Improvement Contractor Alliances & Associations.

Publications
I have written several articles over the years for decks.com, decksusa.com, and many other deck & construction related websites.

Education/Credentials
High School graduate. 2 years of Mechanical Drawing & Architecture classes. Vocational School graduate. 2 years of Construction Technology & Carpentry classes. Many years of reading, researching, and application in the real world.

Awards and Honors
I am certified by several decking manufacturers for expert application & installation of their products.

Past/Present Clients
Mainly local residential clients, and occasional commercial clients, including restaurants, nightclubs, office buildings, etc.

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