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Looks like the original lally columns and footings settled a bit over time. Well, looks like Placing 2×20 Form into Hole For Lally Column Footer. The columns shall be restrained to prevent lateral displacement at the bottom end. Wood columns shall not be less in nominal size than 4 inches by 4 inches. A Footing (Footer) is the bottom most structural member of the Footer size is determined by the width of the Foundation .. Lally Column Footers. â–« Since Lally.

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The adjustment plate mounts to the bottom of the column. I went to Home Depot and bought one of those laser line tools. Hi, my name is Jay Gaulard and I’m a full time blogger living in Maine. The columns are filled with concrete to prevent buckling. Now that is what I call footing. Sometimes things are better left alone. Use a pry bar as a lever to lift the column up to the beam where the first two screws were fastened.

When everything was absolutely perfect, I mixed a few bags of Quikrete Concrete Mix in my wheelbarrow. Let that sucker try to settle.

Installing Lally Columns and Footings for Girder Beam

Fasten with the four hex head screws. The top of the old columns were installed with nails that were pried loose for removal of the column. Slide the column over to lock the plate into place.


Interested in receiving my posts by email? I am not sure of the weight each one can support, but I have a feeling it is more than enough. BTW, thanks for your post. I also made sure the form was perfectly level. Have you left anything out?

Then, I measured to make sure I was perfect again. I only needed new permanent support columns. Longer or shorter lengths are available upon request, or you can cut them onsite. The center of the beam towards the middle of the house was about an inch lower than the ends at the foundation. I also put in a few pieces of rebar for added strength.

Lally Column, Basement Pole Columns – Lally Lock Column Systems by Dean Column Co.

This is a blog about the goings ons of my life. The bearing plate is fastened to the floor with concrete screws.

You can get quite freaked out by all the squeaking that the wood does when it is jacked up. Screw jacks are handy tools for remodeling projects but are not meant to be used as permanent structural columns. A standard lally column is the round thin-walled structural steel columns that provide support to beams or timbers stretching over long spans.

Then, screw the last two into the threaded holes. For the last column, I decided to try my hand at building a cement block wall.

Once again, I measured the actual form to make sure I cut everything correctly. I appreciate the detail in your descriptions and the great pictures so that I know exactly what to do. Your email address will not be published. The procedure works well.


In the living room and along the hallway that runs the length of the house, there seemed to be a slight dip. Simply place your email address in the field below and I’ll deliver each and every post I write directly to your inbox.

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Beams, girders ccolumn other concentrated loads supported by a wall or column shall have a bearing of at least 3 inches 76 mm in length measured parallel to the floter upon solid masonry not less than 4 inches mm in thickness, or upon a metal bearing plate of adequate design and dimensions to distribute the load safely, or upon a continuous reinforced masonry member projecting not less than 4 inches mm from the face of the wall.

Then, I hung a plumb line from the girder beam just to make sure the form was exactly centered under the beam. No more dip in the floor upstairs…nice and level.

The column must be cut out flush with the foundation floor. With my situation I already had existing footings, and the lallu was in great shape.