We had two snow days this week, and while the boys were out playing, B decided to knock the icicles from the eaves. To do this, he stood on the post of our side porch--
|Similar to this one|
and then immediately found himself on the ground, with no icicle in hand, as the post essentially disintegrated (he was completely fine, and to his credit promptly confessed to his misdeeds).
|All the trim fell right off|
|Around the bottom too|
|Dry rot we knew about, and probably ancient termite damage as well|
The culprit in this dry rot is most likely our gutter, which, when it dams up with leaves or snow, sends a steady drip of water right down the length of the post. This will have to be remedied as well.
Hopefully we will have our rotten post repaired and good as new in the next week or so!