Knock down block support to put pole in place

Old 03-14-01, 10:31 AM
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Hi Guys,
Can anyone help me? I am going to finish my basement bu I have a cement block support holding up my joists, i want to replace it with a 4" steel pole (like newer home have). How do I go about this? can I support either side of the support beams with some sort of jack until i knock down the blocks and place a pole in it's place? do i have to dig out the footer of the pole a few inches to provide a stable base? I have no idea?

Old 03-26-01, 11:56 AM
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That should be no problem. You can rent a special jack or to, and support the beam on either side of the blocks. remove the blocks and replace with the metal pole. most of them have plates on both ends with 2-4 holes in em. use nails or screws in the top and use a ram-set to drive nails into the floor(if its concrete). you could also mark,drill and set anchors in the floor and then bolt the post to the floor.
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Don't even consider this without a structural engineer. This post cannot merely sit on the basement floor -- it needs a footing. A structural engineer will be necessary to design how many posts, what size posts, how big of footings, additional support for the wall, and the size of the beam.

You don't want your whole house in the basement. This will be the best money you ever spent.
Old 04-08-01, 03:44 PM
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Why not box in the concrete block support with 1x or some tongue and groove pretty-wood, add some decorative mouldings,hang a picture on it and call it a day? Have you already drawn up plans? Could you possibly incorporate the boxed-in support with an interior wall or a built in bar? Sorry, but when I do a job I always look for ways to use existing construction. The funny thing is is that if you really really finish the basement, you'll end up boxing in the 4" posts anyhow.

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