A few weeks ago, we noticed that one of the stairs off the porch was sagging. It seemed odd, only the center of three boards appeared to be affected but it definitely had a squishy feel when we stepped on that board. When I removed the sagging board, I discovered that bits of the supporting structure had been consumed by rot.
The 2×6 has been totally transformed by moisture.
It’s not supposed to look like that.
That explains the squishy feel.
The rot was not confined to the sagging area. almost all the supports on that level were rotted.
This isn’t great, but it will hold until these stairs can be torn down and rebuilt correctly.
The notch is actually a pocket that will support the 2×4 running toward the back and supporting the side of this level.
When I was reeling out the extension cord, I got shocked. Time for the trash.
The repair is complete and the decking has been replaced.
This post is in response to the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. If you want to try your hand at just jotting down the things the voices in your head are saying, please join in the fun.