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Lally Column Installation – Temporary versus Permanent Lally Columns – MA, RI, NH & CT

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What is a Lally Column?

In the late 1800’s, John Lally was upset and bewildered by buildings collapsing as a result of fires or inadequate support and searched for a solution. In 1898, in the town of Waltham, Massachusetts, a steel beam support column was invented by none other than John Lally, hence the name lally columns.

Why & When are Lally Columns looked at?

  • During Construction Phase; by a town building inspector
  • When a house is being sold; home inspector
  • Concerned homeowner

What are the 6 Types of Columns?

  • Adjustable Jacks
  • Brick
  • Wood/Logs
  • Metal Column filled with concrete
  • Block
  • Hollow Steel

What Problems can arise from some of the above mentioned Lally Columns?

  • Home Inspectors pick on them because they may not be up to code
  • Can be made of materials that may deteriorate over time (brick, wood, blocks)
  • Causes floor cracking due to weight (no footing underneath column)
  • May cause structure to sag

What are the advantages of properly installed Metal Lally Columns filled with concrete?

  • Up to code; home inspectors will not pick on them
  • Metal Column filled with concrete – Strongest - best choice
  • Sits on a concrete footing to allow additional support and limits floor cracks
  • Offers support, even during a fire
  • Resistant to deterioration

Whether you live in Waltham, MA Cumberland, RI Nashua, NH or Hartford, CT if you have water in your basement or need temporary lally columns replaced, contact A-1 Foundation Crack Repair today! A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, the basement waterproofing and permanent lally column installation experts.

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