Basement Columns

Old 07-19-02, 07:30 AM
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Basement Columns

I have 3 steel support columns in my basement that I would like to cover up. My wife would like to have finished columns out of wood(or wood subistitute).

The problem is that I can't just buy wood columns because I would need to split them in half and reattach them arround the support post.

Does anyone know of an economical way to get columns pre split, or to split columns that I buy at home depot. Is there a problem with splitting wood columns that I would by at home depot and reattaching them?

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
Old 07-20-02, 07:11 PM
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Enclosing support columns

I once lived in a house where the contractor who finished out the basement enclosed the support columns with with four boards stained and sealed to match the woodwork.
Old 07-21-02, 10:48 AM
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Go to this site. I used this and many friends I have that are carpenters are recommending this to many of their customers and everyone that have seen mine loves it.
Let me know what you think
Old 07-21-02, 07:04 PM
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That an alternative I have not already seen. I've ordered a sample. For the $70 it may definitly beat some of those splitable permacase columns for $270 that they have out there.

I'll let you knwo what I decide upon.

Again thanks for the info.
Old 07-22-02, 02:34 PM
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Hello Noelc:

One note. My wife and I are in the last stages of finishing our basement. We recently visited the column issue with two exposed poles -- the other three became concealed parts of door frames. When we tried to use 1x6 to square off the columns, they "suddenly" appeared huge and much to big for the flow of the location. Instead, we are going to add some @ 2" molding at the top and bottom (squaring off just the top and bottm -- trim as it were) and paint both the same color as the walls (sage). We think it will work for us.

Good Luck.


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