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By Marty in Boston, MA on 3/15/2009


My house plan calls for 4x4 posts (3/8” thickness) to support the steel beams in my main home and garage.  Having been in other homes under construction, I’ve noticed that their beams were supported by lally columns.  The 4x4 posts are significantly higher in price than cement filled lally columns.  I know that when I walk by a commercial construction site all of the beams are supported by square steel tubes, so they must be better than cement filled columns, but I would love to know how much better the 4x4 posts are.  Does anyone have any experience in this area?  If so, are the 4x4 stronger and if so, how much so than 16g cement filled lally columns.

 

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Marty


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