Repair lolly column in basement

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Posted by: from Stoney Creek
11/2/2013 at 5:59:29 PM

There are two lolly columns in the basement and one of them is removed and replaced with wood support. The wood support is located about 4 feet from original lolly column.

Can you put the lolly column back to its original position?



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Date/Time11/2/2013 at 7:38:35 PM

If you can see the original location in the floor, then yes. The column's base must sit on a concrete footing that was poured prior to the basement floor.

If the basement is unfinished this is a very simple job. I am assuming you have a steel beam running across the basement cieling? I am also assuming the newer wood post was added under this steel beam. Has there been any cracking in the plaster edges of the drywall on the main floor where their could have been sag caused by the removal of the existing beam. If so take a laser and check the beam for sag.

All you have to do is take a couple of 2x6 and cut them about an 1/4" longer than the space between the concret floor and the bottom of the beam. Sit the base a foot or so away from the location the lolly post will be placed. Take a large sledge hammer and pound the 2x6 in, then pound another in beside it.

Place your lolly post and check for level and turn the adjuster on the bottom until it is good and tight. Then remove the two 2x6 peices of wood and your done.

If there was a sag in the beam noted by the laser, or cracking etc on the main floor. Keep turning the base until your laser gives you a true level.

Hope this helps,

James Fram

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Date/Time11/3/2013 at 12:02:53 PM


James has answered your question quite well. The simple answer is "yes" and to re-emphasize, make sure the bottom of the pole is as close to the original position as possible. As mentioned, there should be a cement pad ( size may vary but should be about 3'x3' and 4" thick) underneath the concrete floor. This is to provide a good base to support the lolly pole which supports the main support beam.



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Patrick in Stoney Creek
Date/Time11/4/2013 at 12:42:14 PM

Thank you guys. I am very appreciate your professional advices.

I attached some pictures about the problems I mentioned above. Just wondering is it OK if I can weld this lolly column back to its original position? Will welding weaken the house structure? Is there any serious safty issue here?



Repair lolly column in basement
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Claudon Renovation and Appliance Installation in Brampton
Date/Time11/5/2013 at 11:49:05 PM

Hello Patrick

Can u provide photos of the project please? You can text 647-859-8218 or email

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