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I have a column in my basement, the majority of which I've

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I have a column in my basement, the majority of which I've framed into my wall, so I'm not looking to remove the column. With that said, one of the bottom flanges and the lag bolt in the flange sticks out beyond my wall (and even my baseboard). Wondering if i can cut that flange off completely (or at least cut the bolt off flush with the flange so that I can run my baseboard over it. Does that make sense?
JA: OK. Is there anything else the Structural Engineer should be aware of?
Customer: That's it - just trying to get that out of the way for trim purposes
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.
Hello
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.
Can you attach a picture of what this looks like?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Sure - here is a picture of the situation.
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.

How far away from the existing anchor is the face of the steel post?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
1 1/2"
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
To the center of the bolt
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.

how far above the top of the plate is the top of the wood floor?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
The plate and the wood floor are basically level with each other. It's actually not wood floor but a loose lay luxury vinyl plank
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.

Does this plate extend out on the other side, too? With another anchor bolt?

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
The edge of the plate does by a fraction of an inch, but the bolt is far enough in the wall that it doesn't interfere with my baseboard
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
That side is also behind a door so it's a pretty minor cosmetic issue at worst.
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Actually I take that back. The reason I don't see it on the other side is that my wall turns there, so the other bolt is inside the other wall
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.

I will say this. You can't cut off the plate without doing an analysis to see if it checks out. I could do the analysis as a premium service, but I would need some additional information.

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.

Here is what I would need:

The size of the plate (L, W, thickness)

The size of the post

The load on the post (or enough information for me to calculate that)

What exactly the plate and post are sitting on.

Expert:  StructuralEng replied 5 months ago.

That information will allow me to check if you can cut that portion of the plate away.

I will submit the premium service offer for you to consider. If you accept the offer, I will need about 3-4 hours after you provide all the information needed.

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