Code for porch logs

Can anyone help me with the codes for proper install of log porch post that hold the roof system up?
I’m looking at a 6 year old log home and all the porch post are starting to show major decay. I can not find the code requirements for how it should be installed.

Welcome Patrick! Your specific location may help somewhat.

Google this and download
ICC 400-2017

Now, this says public draft. You may have to travel further to get exactly what you need.

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Here you can buy it.

The home is in Mississippi just out side of Tupelo.

If you have any pictures that you can post, that may help in leading some here with more helpful insight and direction.

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That would help. Log porch columns are usually quite oversized, but major decay as you describe it would only be debated with pictures showing it.

Thank you Brian I own the book

Using codes in your report will get you in trouble.

Just report what you see and make a referral:

Log porch columns have substantial decay. I recommend a qualified log home specialist or qualified contractor assess ALL the decay and make corrections as needed.


Oh, welcome to our forum, Patrick!…Enjoy, the water is warm, most of the time! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Here is what I saw

Thank you for the information.

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I am not sure if I understand the question. Do you want to know how to replace them per code or an opinion on their condition?

Owner of the home has asked me what is the proper way to install the repayment logs so this dose not happen again. I was trying to get him the code outline so when he interviews contractors he would have the correct install method based on building codes.

Okay, so you said you own the book. Does the book outline the design or requirement for support posts?

I will look one more time to see if I can find it.

I am trying to be helpful, but I do not own the book.

In my opinion, if it is not in the book then I would have a structural engineer/design professional evaluate and prescribe a cure.

Must be due to a certain few that like to piss in it!!

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Not mentioning any names :point_up: :point_up: :point_up: :point_up: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


No need. It’s quite obvious really! :wink: