By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A basement free of moisture is a bonus in any home because the space is under roof and already heated, so it's ripe for remodeling. A basement has unlimited possibilities as a home office, playroom or family room. The first phase of reclaiming the space down under is getting rid of the stuff that's accumulated there over the years. Once that's done, the next challenge is dealing with the Lally columns or structural vertical support poles that cannot be removed. We found a pole wrap made of a flexible half-inch wood veneer that looks good when finished with a wood stain. The coverup goes a long way to transforming the lower level to attractive living space.
The pole wrap has a flexible backing and comes in 8-foot lengths with three different widths, so it fits most support columns. The material is installed with construction adhesive and has a cap and base set to finish off the top and bottom of the pole.
To cover two 4-inch diameter support columns with caps and bases, a contractor will charge $470, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the material for $335 and do it yourself and pocket a 28 percent saving. To cut the material to length you'll need a fine tooth saw, miter box and utility knife. You'll need finishing nails to add the caps and bases to the poles. For more information go to www.polewrap.com.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020