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What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

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I'm being asked if the concrete capitals below the teleposts shown in the picture attached can be removed. What is the purpose of these? I have no information on the footing below. The house is from the 50's or 60's.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

Depends whether there is a dedicated footing below or not. If yes, then I don't necessarily see an issue with cutting it down. If no, then I'd bet it's intended to spread the load further before the slab.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

That looks like an afterthought and there may not be a footing below.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

My guess is it's there for punching shear in the slab.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

Less chance of someone bashing into the bottom during downstairs roller hockey games and the whole thing coming down. But yeah, probably to make a "footing" where there wasn't one.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

It is common in my area for there to be pedestals even with a dedicated footing below. But when that is the case, you can usually clearly see that the slab is separate from the pedestal. It does not appear that way in this picture.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

Something is going on with that floor - the furnace is sitting in a shallow portion as if they poured a half-inch (1 cm) of leveling material.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

Supports in the basement are typically raised above the floor to avoid accidental water damages. Looks like the original pad for the furnace was removed for height adjustment. I think in this case, there is no flood concern, so lower the post should be fine, provides the base plate should be as large as the existing foot print.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

Maybe so you know where the centre of the footing is when the slab is poured.ponder

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RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

I don't know that I would call that a "capital". Looks like someone just trying to make up for a elevation mix up with a tall grout pad. (Or, going with r13's idea, protecting for flood.)

Likely there is no rebar in it (like a capital).

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

It is a pedestal. Same concept as setting outdoor wood post above ground. Capital is located on top of the column, below slab/drop panel.

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

Based on your current knowledge of the foundation, removal of the truncated pyramid cannot be recommended.

BA

RE: What is the purpose of concrete capitals below teleposts in basement

I concur with BAretired; it may be necessary to spread the post loading over a sufficient area of the slab, so that the post doesn't punch through. Without knowing what the loads are and the thickness of slab, it would unwise to remove it, unless a sufficiently thick base plate of at least the same size replaces it.

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