How to Replace Porch Posts
Find out how to remove and reinstall porch posts to refresh your entry's look
If you plan to clad a landing that has posts, your first step will be to support the awning and remove the posts to make way for the bluestone pavers. Once the stones are set, the posts can be trimmed and replaced. Here's how.
Remove the Posts
For a lightweight awning, simple 2x6s will suffice as supports. First, cut the bottom ends at a 45-degree angle so that they can sit flat on the ground when you run the boards on a diagonal to prop up the awning. Screw a scrap 2x4 beneath each one to act as a foot. Mark a 45-degree cutline on the other end of each board, parallel with the foot, then make another mark perpendicular to that one so that you get a 90-degree notch that will sit against the awning's fascia. Cut the notches with a jigsaw. Prop the boards in place, and secure each one by driving a screw through its front edge and into the awning's fascia. Drive a stake into the ground in front of each footplate to keep it from slipping. Next, outline the post locations on the awning and remove the posts.