Boxing in Lally Columns

Boxing in Lally Columns

If you are finishing a basement chances are you will need to box in lally columns (steel posts). In this article I provide specific instructions on how to box in lally columns.

When finishing a basement one of the issues that inevitably comes up is what to do with the lally columns that pepper the basement area. Boxing in a lally column is sometimes the only choice.

Lally columns are steel posts filled with cement and provide an important constructional component to your home. They are normally found in the basement, sit on a cement footing or pad, and support large heavy structural overhead beams. Removing them is not an option, unless you want to involve a costly and complex engineering project.

Ideally when finishing a basement architects try to "bury" lally columns in walls. However, due to certain desired floor plans, this is not always possible. In these situations, the best alternative is to box in the lally column to dress it up.

Boxing in a lally column is a pretty straight forward project to do. I typically install them after the basement ceiling has been installed and before the flooring has been installed.

Lally Columns

Tools Required

  • Table Saw
  • Caulking Gun
  • Hammer
  • Nail Punch
  • Router (Optional)
  • Putty Knife
  • Measuring Tape
  • Square
  • Level
  • Sandpaper

Material Required

  • 1"x5" Select Pine or Hardwood boards
  • Wood Glue
  • Liquid Nails
  • Putty
  • Primer and Paint
  • Baseboard Trim

To begin with you will need four lengths of 1"x5" select pine, or hardwood if you prefer. The length of the boards should be cut to the length of the exposed lally column. Two of the boards should be cut wider than the other two, such that the two narrower boards sit flush in-between the two wider ones. Assuming you want to make as small of a box as possible, the width of the two narrower boards should be the diameter length of the lally column. The two wider pieces will then butt over the ends of the two narrower pieces. Note: You can use a square to determine the diameter of the lally column.

With the boards cut to length and width. Using 6 penny finish nails and glue, nail together one half of the box. More specifically, nail together one of the wider boards with one of the narrower boards. It is best to nail them together on the basement floor.

Note: Before nailing them together, run a bead of glue along the length of the edges that are to be nailed.

Repeat the process with the other two boards.

Now liberally apply a bead of liquid nails around the entire length and circumference of the lally column.

Once the liquid nail bead has been applied to the lally column, place the two sections of the pre-made box together around the post, and nail them together.

Using a nail punch sink the nails, and then fill with putty.

Allow the box to set up for 24 hours.

After the box has had time to set up, sand the boxed in lally column. You may also want to consider using a router to make a rounded edge on the four corners of the post.

After routing the corners sand once more.

You may also want to install baseboard trim around the base of the lally column.

Finally apply a primer and two coats of paint to the boxed in lally column.

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However before you decide to tackle a basement remodeling project it is important that you first develop a basement remodeling plan.

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Part of a good basement remodeling plan is listing the purposes of the finished basement. For example, will the finished basement be used for a recreation area, or for bedrooms? Is a bathroom or a kitchen area desired? Is a home theater or wine cellar part of the ultimate plan? Understanding how the finished basement will be utilized will help in determining what specific engineering and mechanical needs are required in the actual design and plans for the basement remodeling project.

Making Preliminary Repairs before Basement Remodeling Construction The second major item that should be addressed before tackling a basement remodeling project is taking care of any problems that exist in the basement. For example if there are cracks in the foundation walls or floor, they need to be repaired before starting the basement remodeling project. Also, if there are leaking or sweating pipes they should be repaired before remodeling starts. In addition, if the basement remodeling plans include plumbing that will require demolition of some of the basement floor it is critical to do this before the rest of the basement remodeling project starts.

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Basement Remodeling and Lighting One of the most important aspects of a basement remodeling project is the lighting. A finished basement that is naturally dark is very uninviting for family members and guests. To address this problem, your basement remodeling plans should consider adding natural light wherever possible. If the foundation has concrete knee walls, consider framing in windows above the knee walls. If the basement has a walk out area, consider installing glass sliders or French doors.

In addition to adding natural light to the basement, consider installing can lights in the ceiling, and sconces on the walls. They can really brighten up the basement area and make the space into a warm and inviting area.

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If a home theater or wine cellar is part of your basement remodeling goals, locate them in areas of the basement where natural lighting is not required.

If a bathroom or kitchen area is part of your basement remodeling objectives, locate them directly below existing plumbing on the first floor of the home. This will help to minimize the amount of piping that is required in the precious head room area of a basement. It will also help to limit the amount of structural/framing work required.

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Who will perform the Basement Remodeling Construction Deciding on whether to hire a basement remodeling contractor, or do it yourself is always a big question. Yes, you can save yourself a bundle if you do it yourself. However, frequently many homeowners start a basement remodeling project and never complete it.

If you truly want a finished basement, you need to be honest with yourself on the time commitment and the skills required. If you can not dedicate your next 12-16 weekends to the project, or lack skills in framing and construction, then you should probably hire either a general contractor or act as your own general contractor.

A Basement Remodeling project is a great way to provide additional living space in your home at a fraction of the cost of building an addition onto your home. With proper planning, a finished basement can become the spot in your home where the family and friends want to spend all of their recreational time. Good luck with your basement remodeling project!!

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Over the past 20+ years Mark Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. For more information about DIY Basement Remodeling and Room Addition Buidling andBasement Finishing and Home Remodeling visit homeadditionplus.com and homeaddition.blogspot.com




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