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06:40AM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 09/16/03
2 lifetime posts
Seasons Greetings to all

I have two questions perhaps someone can help with.

Question #1: I am considering 'finishing' the basment in our house. Ideally, I would like to eliminate 2 lally columns for a pool table. Above is a 22' x 24' family room with no interior walls ( exterior only, trusses form the roof. All load bearing is on the foundation walls and the center beam supported by said lally columns. So, from the foundation wall to the "new" lally column would be a distance of 16' ( approx ). The engineered lumber would support the weight of the family room and everything in it. Is this feasible ?? I would not perform this work myself. I'm really just wondering if it is possible.

Question # 2 is much easier. Assuming #1 can be done, whats is the best way to handle the concrete floor as far as finishing. Vapor barrier necessary ?? And what have folks found to be the best covering ?? Tile vs wood vs carpet,, etc ??

Many thanks in advance.


05:29PM | 12/29/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1278 lifetime posts
Actually, #1 is eaasier. If you increase the span required of the beam over the columns, you will need to re-engineer the beam to a larger size. It is also likely that you will need to pour new footings under the new location for the column.
Yes, it is all possible, but you need to start with consulting a structural engineeer


09:05AM | 12/30/03
Member Since: 12/29/03
4 lifetime posts
I have found that the best way to finish a basement floor is to coat it with a duarable finish such as an epoxy coating. I have used a product called U Coat on basement floors and I am pleased with the results. It creates a seamless, chemically resistant and easily cleanable surface that is great! Spills wipe right up, no staining of carpet or the concrete, no molds or mildew associated with carpeting, and it's water based so its moisture insensitive(you actually apply it to a damp concrete floor) will expand and contract with the concrete, resists hydrostatic pressure and is impact resistant(for flying billard balls). check out their website at for all the details. Hope this helps you.

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