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  1. Maybe a bit out of the category here, but we need help. A friend, an excellent renovation and small house addition fellow, asks me to post a question for him. He is working on a porch. The porch supports are of wood, in a long, tall pyramid shape somewhat reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts porch supports of some years ago. These supports have been replaced twice in ten years because they rot from the inside. Outside, the paint is great with no signs of cracks or leakage. The supports are tightly sealed and held off the brick foundation by another piece of wood such that the actual wood of the pyramid does not touch cement or bricks. It is the bottom of the porch posts that are rotting from the inside. There is no sign of leakage from above. So, we have a discussion on what to do. One thought is to seal them yet better, inside and out so no moisture gets in. Another thought is to put small vents in the top and bottom so air can circulate. Ultimately, it would be great to know what is causing this to happen. Of course, the discussion also goes to what kind of wood to use. I'm aware of the lists online of good outdoor wood. Because this is to be painted and subject to this odd moisture issue, it seems worth asking that question in this context. thanks
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