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Hardware for natural log column? Tree choice?
I am installing three 10-12 inch x 7 ft logs on concrete pilings. They will support a porch roof.
1) Is there any pre-existing hardware for this purpose? I found this post that discusses a flitch plate
and i suppose I could have one made to an engineer's spec, but I was hoping for a store-bought solution.
2) What is the best kind of log to use? I am thinking that something like locust or cypress would be rot-resistant. Are there other considerations I should think about?