Age Craft Aluminum Columns are ideal for E-Z wrap-around
installation with your existing columns or as a primary support in new construction or
remodeling. The snap-lock feature fastens the sections securely in place. Columns are
packed one per carton with square caps and bases in separate master cartons. Recommended
installation instructions for both primary new construction and wrap-around construction
remodeling are shown below and should be carefully followed for proper application.
Figures 1, 2, and 3 apply to both primary support and wrap-around while Figures 4a and 4b
apply to wrap-around usage. Figures 5a and 5b apply to primary support applications.
||Measure required height (NOTE: For
new construction, add 1/4" to measured height. For wrap-around installation, subtract
1/4" from measured height) and cut column staves with a hacksaw prior to assembly.
||Assemble staves by rotating
||Assemble final interlock by rapping
with the heels of the hands, starting at one end of the column.
||Cut base with hacksaw along
diagonal, splitting lugs on underside of base. Place 1/2 of split base around column, so
that edge is parrallel to edge of structure. Plumb column along a single column flute at
corners of the split base. Fasten column top and bottom with two angle brackets.
||Place second 1/2 of split base and
cap around column and drill three 1/8" holes through base and cap and into column, in
line with ribs. Fasten with screws as in figure 5b supplied in base of master carton.
||Slide cap and base on column ends.
To avoid scratching of column, slide base on until bottom is flush with end of column.
Raise structure 1/2" to permit plumb installation of assembled column. Lower
structure to secure column.
||Drill three 1/8" holes equally
spaced, through base and into column, in line with ribs. Fasten with screws supplied in
base of master carton.
Note: Normally, the weight of the porch roof is
enough to hold the columns in place when used as a primary support. If you are located in
a high wind area, such as a coastal town that often has strong winds from tropical storms
where uplift could be a problem, you may want to anchor the top and bottom of the columns
to the floor and ceiling using the hardware mentioned below.
Square Columns - The square columns attach to
the floor and ceiling using "L" brackets supplied with the columns.
Round Columns - The base fastens to the column with supplied screws. The base is then
fastened to the floor and ceiling using stainless steel lag bolts with or without anchors,
depending on the application. Lag bolts and anchors are purchased separately, can be found
on any of our aluminum railing price pages.