I'm learning that when you live in a humid environment things tend to rust out.
In our garage there are 3 metal support poles that have rust around the bottom. Brad went over and tapped on the bottom of one to see how rusted it actually was. Tap tap and broke right through. Apparently the "support" beam hadn't been supporting the house for awhile.
There should be a pole there...
Waa-Laa We now have the support that we need.