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Old 04-08-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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removing aluminum columns

How do you release the catch (tongue and groove?) on aluminum columns? would like to remove them without tearing them up.


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Old 04-08-2012, 11:36 PM   #2
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do you have pictures?


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Old 04-09-2012, 07:58 AM   #3
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If they are like duct work, you have to press in near the seams to do it. But most likely these columns were pressed together and spot welded or glued at the factory, and there will be no way to do it.
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What are they holding? Can you slightly raise the load with a jack pole and slide them out? What are you replacing them with to support what they held up? I suppose you could cut an inch off the top and remove them that way.
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If they're the kind of columns that I think they are -
once they're snapped together -
they're "rather", difficult to take apart!
However, as "Evstarr" says - you may be able to jack up the beam (load)
and slide them out.
They may have some type of post inside them (Steel, wood ...) -
that will make things more, difficult!


Yeah - pictures!

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