Removing a redundant teleport

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Posted by: from Pinawa Canada
9/20/2018 at 1:44:00 PM

There is a telepost in the basement which my husband installed forty years ago to support a heatilator fireplace.

The fire place and all framing has now been removed so there is no longer a load to bear.

I am replacing flooring down in the basement and would like to have the telepost removed.

Can I ask the contractor to remove it? The fireplace was removed a year ago.


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Date/Time9/20/2018 at 2:59:45 PM

The contractor can remove it but to be on the safe side you should contact a structual engineer to inspect and approve the removal before going ahead.

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Frank from Reno Force in Princeton
Date/Time9/20/2018 at 3:25:04 PM

I'm assuming that there wasn't any structural drawings or a building permit in place to install it so removing it should be fine however a contractor who understands the structural end of it, or contact a engineer

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Date/Time9/20/2018 at 4:06:21 PM

Hi Heather,

Shame I live no where near you or I would take a look.

You should really have an experiance contractor or an engineer take a look.

However, if your remember exactly that nothing was removed by your husband befor he installed the telepost. It should be okay.

Any contractor who is a decent person in your area should drop by to look for you.


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Date/Time9/21/2018 at 2:26:34 PM

Hi Heather. From the information you provided, it sounds like you can remove the telepost but it is always advisable to secure the services of a structural engineer to confirm. It is money well spent.

Good luck!

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Date/Time10/31/2018 at 7:26:08 AM

Hi Heather,

If the addition of the post was recommended by a structural engineer, before removing the post, I would suggest that you confirm it's removal with the engineer. Besides the heatilator that it was supporting, it very well might have been added as a result of additional support being required any way.

Hope this is helpful.

Thank you.


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