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Replacing a block column

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Question for the contractor guys. My friend has a huge 14x14? block wall in the middle of his basement holding up the center beam that is 3- 2x10s or 12 didn't measure. The blocks come about an inch below the beam and they slid wood and then shims to make up the difference. Question is, can we brace the beam on each side, knock out the block and replace it with a cement filled lally column? 

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2 hours ago, DoOver said:

Is there a known good footing under the masonry column?

Whatever the block is sitting on now. It's a concrete floor.

 

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If so a 14" x 14" masonry column spreads that load around a bigger foot print than a lolly column.

 

Most concrete floors are not that thick and a lolly column might push through.

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7 mins ago, DoOver said:

If so a 14" x 14" masonry column spreads that load around a bigger foot print than a lolly column.

 

Most concrete floors are not that thick and a lolly column might push through.

So what are my options?

 

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8 mins ago, DoOver said:

If so a 14" x 14" masonry column spreads that load around a bigger foot print than a lolly column.

 

Most concrete floors are not that thick and a lolly column might push through.

Maybe I can put a bigger floor plate?

 

 

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Take a hammer drill with an 18" or so long bit. Drill at angle towards the base of your existing masonry column to check and see if you do indeed have a footing under it. If you end up drill in concrete more than say 6 or 8 inches your into footing and your good.

 

Or possibly three lolly columns to spread out the load.

 

 

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