09:44AM | 06/08/07
Member Since: 06/07/07
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I am currently building a new home with a builder in my area. We currently have a problem with the lally pole (the support pole for the support beam) being in the wrong spot. They poured the footers then placed the pole on the footer and then poured the concrete floor around it. Everything seemed fine until they started framing and they realized the pole and the beam were 4 inches to long (or to the right) of where it should be (because of the opening for the basement steps). So now we are faced with them having to move the pole 4 inches to the left and cutting 4 inches off of the support beam. What they want to do is put the new pole in by just fastening it to the concrete floor and I guess they will just cut the beam down to size and cut the old pole out. Is there anything I should be concerned about by doing this? Obviously originally they placed the pole directly on the footer and poured the floor around it but now they will just be placing the pole on the already poured floor. Is this acceptable? Obviously the builder says it’s OK but I would like some other opinions. Any comments would be appreciated.
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11:02AM | 07/03/07
Member Since: 07/02/07
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I am a construction supervisor for a large homebuilder in Southwestern Ohio. We actually had a similar issue with a house we were building about a month ago. Our issue was that the pole was actually sticking out into the stairwell cut.

Our internal architects and engineers said that it shouldn't be a problem to move the pole around 4", as the concrete footers were large enough to still support the weight. I still had a problem with their ruling because you need at a minimum a 2" clearing of footer around the pole, and this wouldn't clear it. When I reminded them of that, they stated that it would be at least 25 years before any concrete deterioration would begin to show on the floor from the pressure. We ended up working around the pole.

I wouldn't worry about it, it seems that they could frame around it or add a wooden brace.

Our builder would rather throw the house up now and worry about the implications later... They offer a 30 year warranty, but most people don't remember the warranty beyond the first year.
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