Home Improvement Tips & Advice

Week of March 24, 2008 - Hour 2

Get answers to your home improvement, home remodeling, home repair and home decorating questions from hosts Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete. The Money Pit is where home solutions live.

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attaching wood corbels to porch posts

Need some advice - I already attached 2 large custom window boxes (quite professionally I might add!) & now I am tired of waiting for our handyman to install our large wood corbels (that were hand made) to our porch columns. They are arts & craft style - I know to countersink the bolts & plug up the holes with silicone, but afraid to start the project. I have done several small wood projects & they have turned out beautifully (father was a homebuilder)- just don't know if I should attempt this or call someone else. The corbels are made of 2 lg beams with the back board extending past the top piece, so I might have to drill the holes off to each side. I know to use a large enough bolt, though. They are heavy, but very nice. Any help you can give me would be appreciated. I'm the handyWOMAN in the household!