We created a brick pedestal to cover the lower part of the post, then concealed its upper portion with a 10-foot fiberglass column.
We created a brick pedestal to cover the lower part of the post, then concealed its upper portion with a 10-foot fiberglass column.

During a recent remodeling project in Houston, we demolished a structurally defective balcony that had been supporting the corner of a roof. In its place we installed an 18 1/2-foot-long 4x4 steel post that extends from the soffit down to ground level. We created a brick pedestal to cover the lower part of the post , then concealed its upper portion with a 10-foot fiberglass column.

While columns can be split on site, most manufacturers will do it for you. Split columns can't be used in load-bearing applications, and some manufacturers caution that they need to be installed as soon as possible after being cut to reduce the chance that stresses released during the splitting process will distort the column halves. In this...

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