I was just having this conversation yesterday with a plumber. I always
wear gloves now, have a several pair of different types in various
stages of decomposition that I cycle through depending on the job at
hand. We were working on replacing a 70 year old one-pipe steam
heating system return line, and I wasn't really planning on doing his
work, but you know how it goes. I got three nicks on my knuckles in a
couple of hours of work because I wasn't wearing my gloves. That would
normally be my tally for a month of working with my gloves.
It's not that I hate blood, or even my blood, it's just that I'm
old-fashioned and like to try and keep the blood in the original
Are the posts only bowed in one principal axis?
that means, when viewed while facing one side it looks straight, when
viewed from 90 degrees off the first view , it looks bowed
if only bowed about one principal axis (like a bowed yard stick)
you COULD straighten it but IMO it would less time, effort & material
cost to replace them
Do you have an appropriate steel member to use as a strongback? and a
bunch of clamps?
a better question is why are they bowed? are they over loaded?
I'd change COULD to MIGHT, and use a bigger font so you'd know that it
was an extremely remote possibility. Once they're straightened - if it
can be done without cracking them - what is holding them in place?
Memory? Their memory of being bowed is a lot more urgent than their
memory of being straightened. Without bracing or leaving the
straightening mechanism clamped on for a _long_ time the chances are
The OP mentioned these posts were supporting the roof. Why would you
assume that the designer undersized the posts?
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