Decorative Column Workaround

Old 11-18-21, 09:30 AM
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Decorative Column Workaround

My husband and I want to install a quartz countertop on this half wall. The stone guys came to measure this morning and asked if the decorative column on this wall is load bearing. We aren't sure bc the basement is finished. We have calls into the builder, but they stink at getting back (house was built in 2007).

I am going to treat it as load bearing. It seems possible to slide the "base" of the column up so the men can install the quartz. Do I just remove the plugs, unscrew it and slide the pieces up the column? I am not sure if I am describing what I want to do accurately.... Thanks for advice....

Column/half wall. We need to put the stone around the column, and am hoping to raise the decorative base.

Close up of the column base. I think I can just slide the square and the decorative circle piece up far enough for the stone to go under and around the column?
Old 11-18-21, 09:38 AM
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I would start picking at the base to get it loose so you know it is possible before ordering stone. You will probably have to use a sharp knife to cut the caulking around the base and where it meets the column. Dig out the filler/caulk from the screw holes and hopefully back out the fasteners.

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