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You can find them on our Installation Instructions Page.


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Unfortunately, we do not install your products.  We just provide tips & guidelines, and we recommend hiring a professional builder, contractor, or handyman to install your products.
 

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Installation of your columns will vary, depending on which columns you are installing.  We highly recommend hiring a professional builder, contractor, or handyman to install your columns.  We do offer a detailed guideline for installation for your installer to follow.


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Use an oil-based primer & paint for your wood columns.  For redwood columns, do not use a primer that contains zinc.  For our fiberglass composite columns, utilize an exterior-grade primer & paint.   Please Note:  because of the varying degrees of weather conditions in your specific location, we always recommend consulting with your local paint contractor to discuss the best primer & paint to utilize for your columns.


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Depending on what type of columns are being installed, you will need a variation of tools.  Generally, you will need:  a circular saw, screws, nails, a level, a paintbrush, caulk, a plumb bob, and eye-protective gear.  Please get in touch with a Brockwell Sales Consultant to discuss more specific tools that you will need for your installation.  We also recommend hiring an experienced column installer in your area.


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In order for your exterior wood columns to last longer, they need appropriate ventilation.  This results in the proper, cylindrical airflow to go up and down the column shaft – which allows it to "breathe."  Often times with old, exterior wood columns – the first thing to deteriorate is the base of the column.  This is because the column shaft was not able to relieve any moisture that accumulated over time.  There are a couple of ways to ventilate your column.  One is to order plinths (the square portion of the base) that have a vent on them.  OR Two, put some sort of shims/ventilating plates underneath an exisitng plinth.


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No, they do not.


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No.  There is only one method of installation that all column manufacturers recommend for installing your exterior wood columns.  Installing them differently will void any warranty associated with our wood columns.


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For smaller columns (8' in height and below), you may be able to install them with a little help – and if you are handy with a saw, nails, a paintbrush, and a level.  For larger columns, especially those for two-story applications, you will certainly need assistance from other handymen – and possibly reliably machinery, such as a crane.  Installing a column is not as difficult as one might believe, but if you are unsure if installing a column is for you – then we recommend hiring an experienced contractor who is familiar with installing your columns.  In the long run, this option may save you time and unwanted headaches.


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We prefer that you select an installer in your area that you feel comfortable using.  In some instances, we would be happy to recommend some installers if they have exhibited an adept knowledge of our products and have proven to successfully install our products.  In many cases, and unless we are 100% certain of specific installers, we may be hesitant to recommend an installer that we are unfamiliar with – simply because we want your project to be a success from start to finish.  Please inquire.  It will never hurt to ask one of our experience sales consultants.


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Absolutely.  This is a very common method of installing columns today.  If you have an existing pole or beam, we can split your column in half so that you can wrap it around your existing structure.  OR, you can split your column in half, on the job site.  Before you order columns for this purpose, please speak with a Brockwell Sales Consultant to discuss the interior clearance dimensions of our columns to make sure that the columns you want will be large enough to wrap around your existing post.  Please also inform us if this is your project's purpose.

Please Note:  once you split a column, it no longer becomes load-bearing.  Your post or pole is what will bear the weight, as the wrap-around columns are purely decorative at this point.

For composite columns, utilize a polyurethane adhesive and/or Bondo to seal and attach the halves together.  For wood columns, utilize a good waterproof glue to join the halves together.  For a more detailed guide, please review our Installation Instructions Page.


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As of this moment, No.  Although, we are working towards providing you with elaborate, detailed installation videos for our columns – as well as other products – in order to make your Brockwell experience better than ever.  We want to make your experience as seemless and fluid as possible.

** If you / your company would like to participate in the creation of an installation video, please get in touch with us.  There are great incentives for you to participate in an installation video, including future product discounts – as well as – company credit and recoginition.  Please call us today if this is of any interest to you and/or your company.  980-282-8383


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No, they are no longer load-bearing.  Only our full round, full square, and full octagonal columns are weight-bearing.  Once you split a column or cut it into any other shape, it loses its load-bearing capabilities.


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