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I built a stick-framed, ”D” log-sided home in the Smokies five years ago. There are 13 8” X 10′ white pine, round, milled posts that support the roof and wrap-around porches. The posts sit on PT decking but still are wicking rain water at the base. Also, the large mortises cut into the posts for the log railings also result in water intrusion. I now have dry rot in these posts. What would you recommend as the ideal log posts? What about white cedar vs. cypress? Appreciate your help.

Any kind of cedar or cypress will work well. You should run a bead of chink around the bottoms so the water cannot get to the bottoms to help stop the wicking.

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