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how to work my floor around these two pillars in living room

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04-01-13, 01:07 PM   #1  
how to work my floor around these two pillars in living room

I am planning on installing laminate floor in my living room. The two pillars made the project a little tricky. Someone suggested me cut under the columns with a saw and let the planks pass through. Others said I should notch the plank whenever they hit the pillars and leave extension gap. Then put molding on top of that. The first method is definitely simpler. My question is are these pillars load bearing? It sounds hollow when I tap on it. Picture attached.

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04-01-13, 04:08 PM   #2  
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Those columns may or may not be load bearing but the baseboard isn't structural and can be undercut or removed without causing any problems.

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04-01-13, 04:18 PM   #3  
Even if they sound hollow...it may be a steel post wrapped with 1X lumber for esthetics. And even a made up 1X column is pretty strong.

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