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You are of course, right to be concerned with this column. It is supporting the floor above it, and would cause significant damage to your home if it failed. It is unclear how long the current one will last if left alone. The bottom plate already has significant amounts of oxidation, and it is only a matter of time before it does fail. The replacement of ...


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Following Iggy's advice I would just scrape it and re-paint it with Rustoleum. It will probably outlast all of us. If you want to save the post, follow jqning's advice with the two jacks. Unless you are OCD and just can't stand the look of it. In that case just buy a standard adjustable screw-jack post (pretty cheap at the box stores) and put it right ...


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If I saw that in my basement I wouldn't worry about it until the column (post) started moving. But if I did want to get proactive I'd get a jack and a 4x4 set up next to that column and jack it until that post is loose. Then put a new steel plate in there which should last the next 50 years. And since this is internet advice and might actually be ...


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You actually have two problems, starting with how to get the post out of the sleeve now. The first thing to try is some force, and the easiest form of force here would be a hammer. Circle the post, whacking it right above where it enters the sleeve (the harder the better, although use your judgement on avoiding damaging the post). Hopefully that will shear ...



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