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    Default Support column footing

    Home renovation.

    Is a new footing required for column supporting two I beams (to be installed) both ends of the beams will be supported at each end on concrete block wall? The two ends (right angle to column) will be supported by the steel column directly placed on the exposed footing where a former concrete block wall was? It's unkown the width of the footing or depth. House is approximately 35 years old. Concrete block wall was removed to open up a room. One story bungalow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Home renovation.

    Is a new footing required for column supporting two I beams (to be installed) both ends of the beams will be supported at each end on concrete block wall? The two ends (right angle to column) will be supported by the steel column directly placed on the exposed footing where a former concrete block wall was? It's unkown the width of the footing or depth. House is approximately 35 years old. Concrete block wall was removed to open up a room. One story bungalow.

    Thank you.
    Shouldn't take too long to drill a couple of test holes.

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    Default Re: Support column footing

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymond Wand View Post
    Is a new footing required for column supporting ...
    The columns are required to have a proper footing, yes.

    The one near where the concrete block wall was *may* have a sufficient footing below it ... or it *may* not (if the concrete block wall was loading bearing, and if they installed a proper footing for that concrete block wall - a sufficient footing may be there, otherwise not).

    Oh, don't forget that at least one nail is required at the top to make the column permanent ...

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    Default Re: Support column footing

    Thanks Vern and Jerry

    Yes both walls were load bearing.


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    Default Re: Support column footing

    I don't thin I understand the question. You seem to indicate that both ends of both new I beams will be supported by block walls. How do they relate to the new column. It comes down to how much load will be on the column and how big is the footing. This assumes a column is needed.


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    Default Re: Support column footing

    Mark,

    The column will be carrying both beams. An engineer will be calculating beam size, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post

    Oh, don't forget that at least one nail is required at the top to make the column permanent ...
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    Default Re: Support column footing

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    Oh, don't forget that at least one nail is required at the top to make the column permanent ...
    Does the size of the nail matter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Henderson View Post
    Does the size of the nail matter?
    Not if the nail is not driven in very far and bent over.

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    Default Re: Support column footing

    Those fancy roofing felt nails will work because they have that big washer on the head, so you don't have to bend the nail over. AND, you can pick the color of the washer as an accent.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Feldmann View Post
    Those fancy roofing felt nails will work because they have that big washer on the head, so you don't have to bend the nail over. AND, you can pick the color of the washer as an accent.
    That's what we need around here a Sense of Fashion Flair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    The columns are required to have a proper footing, yes.

    The one near where the concrete block wall was *may* have a sufficient footing below it ... or it *may* not (if the concrete block wall was loading bearing, and if they installed a proper footing for that concrete block wall - a sufficient footing may be there, otherwise not).
    This is where an engineer should be involved in my opinion.

    A footing designed for a concrete block wall (s) may not be the same as a footing designed for a support column due to its concentrated load.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    The columns are required to have a proper footing, yes.

    The one near where the concrete block wall was *may* have a sufficient footing below it ... or it *may* not (if the concrete block wall was loading bearing, and if they installed a proper footing for that concrete block wall - a sufficient footing may be there, otherwise not).
    Quote Originally Posted by Marcel Gratton View Post
    This is where an engineer should be involved in my opinion.

    A footing designed for a concrete block wall (s) may not be the same as a footing designed for a support column due to its concentrated load.
    That's why I highlighted the may, as in *may*.

    It all depends on the footing, if any, which *may* (in this case *should*) have been installed under the block wall, and that such footing "where the concrete block wall was *may* have a sufficient footing below it". Depends on the loads the column has. The column would have a better chance of having a sufficient footing from where that concrete block wall was had the column been centered where the wall was ... presuming, of course, that the concrete block wall was laid up centered over its footing - for all we know, the footing under where that concrete block wall was *may* have actually been centered where the column is.

    Lots of unknowns, thus the *may*.

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    Default Re: Support column footing

    If there is already an engineer involved designing the beams and columns, they should also be designing new or approving the existing footings.


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    Default You might ask the engineer to take a look at...

    that nasty crack in the block wall by the stairs. That's a "Oh, my" crack.

    To put your client at ease, it's not a big deal technically to cut for column footings but prices add up quickly when demo'ing concrete, but a new footing you do need with column loads. I have had situations where the engineer will calc point loads using x feet of a prescriptive foundation but you would have to drill test holes and probably expose some of the existing footing for the benefit of the engineer and AHJ inspector.


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