02:47PM | 07/12/01
Member Since: 07/11/01
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I have a living room/dining room combination separated only by a partial wall. I want to install a floor-to-ceiling column at the edge of the partial wall. I don't know if there is any type of "header" in the ceiling. The capital and base are plastic, but I can't quite figure out how to attach them to the column and then attach those to the floor and ceiling. Please help! Thanks!


12:13AM | 08/18/01
Member Since: 11/14/00
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It does not sound like it matters whether there is a header or not, because all you seem to need is a cosmetic column, not a supporting one. If so, then just use drywall mud/joint compound to create a seamless joint between the cosmetic column and the ceiling.

If you want to add a SUPPORTING column, then you might want to hire that out. It is very doubtful that a partial wall is a supporting wall, and thus it might not line up with a joist inside the ceiling at all. Indeed, it might even run parallel with the joists right between two of them. You would need a stud detector to be sure to find where your joists are, which way they are running, and the like.

[This message has been edited by Lawrence (edited August 18, 2001).]


07:00AM | 08/18/01
Member Since: 07/11/01
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Thanks for the advice! This is definitely a cosmetic column. So, I guess that means that I'll essentially just be wedging the column and it's capital between the ceiling and the floor? It definitely has to be solidly placed. That's what got me so confused in the first place. Thanks again for any help...
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