Brent, You need a professional. A licensed contractor will probably want to remove some of the existing material, and perhaps anchor the railing in a new footing. If you try to patch these areas
Hi again Gary, sorry about the mix up on the siding type. But that's a good thing! Fewer entry points for moisture on lap siding. If it is a ship lap that is even better or is it beveled lap siding?
Hi Gary, house wraps weren't as common in the 90's as they are today. Back then it was standard practice to use felt paper as a barrier under shake and shingle siding. Usually it was a 16" wide strip
They do look abnormally aged. Are you sure that they are pressure treated? If they are not, then they absolutely must be replaced! What state are you in. I'm in NJ, and we have nice looking pressure
Hi Annette, Yes, Bondo sounds pretty ridiculous to me too. I have never heard of using Bondo on wood like that. Those girders look to be possibly 4x6 or 4x8. It's hard to tell from the photos