Building Homes or Extensions/Lally Column


To whom it may concern,

My house was recently elevated for mitigation purposes as a result of Superstorm Sandy.  My question to you is I am trying to replace a 10' high 4" diameter standard concrete filled Lally Column at the same footing of my garage, with a new 15' column after the additional 5' of foundation is added.  Could you please advise me of a good alternative to meet or exceed the structural load limits of the 10' column with the new 15' height.  I am currently not residing in my residence.  Staying true to the original design during rebuilding will reduce the need for re-engineering and allow for a smoother transition without the use of further inspections and plan submissions, allowing my family and I to return as quickly as possible.

Many thanks,

Chris, I am not capable of giving you a structural answer. I do think that you can get the answer here:

Their standard units max out at 14', but note that they can make longer units.   Here is their info:
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I hope this helps.

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I can answer almost all questions related to the total construction process. My expertise is in commercial construction, though I can field most any residential question. I have hands on experience in concrete, heavy equipment, masonry, all phases of carpentry, interior finishes, and I am fairly strong in mechanical and electrical.


I have over 20 years experience as a commercial carpenter and commercial construction superintendent. I have another 20 years experience in facility management for a major school district.

My favorite hobby for he past 12 years has been singing bass in a The OkChorale men's barbershop chorus and the Mature Moments quartet.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in English and Math. I have completed many continuing education hours in the building trades. I hold a Master Carpenter card from the AGC, Associated General Contractors.

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