Replace Temporary Lally Columns – How to Install Permanent Lally Column – MA, RI, NH, CT

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.

What type of lally column should I use?

  • Adjustable Jacks – Hollow, lack strength, and are meant for temporary use
  • Brick – Mortar joints decay due to humidity and moisture in basement
  • Wood/Logs – Damaged by wood boring insects and wood rot
  • Block – Mortar joints decay due to humidity and moisture in basement
  • Hollow Steel – Rusts and lack strength
  • Metal Column filled with concrete – BEST OF ALL

Steps to install a lally column?

Step 1: Dig and form footing

Step 1: Dig and form footing
Step 2: Pour Concrete to form footing

Step 2: Pour Concrete to form footing


Step 3: Cut lally column to proper size

Step 3: Cut lally column to proper size
Step 3: Cut and Install lally column

Step 3: Cut and Install lally column

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 Lally Columns should not look like

Bad Lally Column
Bad Lally Column
Bad Lally Column

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

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A-1 Foundation Crack Repair, Inc. is a fully registered home improvement contractor. Contact us today to talk to a knowledgeable, master waterproofing professional.