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Bracket Makes Post Installation Simple
Installing a post into a concrete floor has never been easier. Just slip the Perma Column bracket with its four rebar studs into the wet concrete and let it harden before inserting the post.
"It used to be thought that encasing posts in concrete would make them last longer, but instead they rot faster," explains Phillip Stoller, Perma-Column, Inc. "The Sturdi-Wall Plus has also become very popular for replacing rotten posts."
Perma-Column markets the brackets in multiple sizes and quantities.
"The six models handle everything from 4 by 6-in. posts to 4 ply 8-in. laminated columns," says Stoller. "They can handle about 98 percent of post frame construction. They were designed for do-it-yourselfers, but we get all kinds of customers. We sell them in quantities of a few at a time to truckloads."
People keep finding new uses for them, adds Stoller. Builders in hurricane prone areas and flood zones are using them to build homes on stilts. Others are using them for decks, porches and even to fasten fence posts in place.
"One reason they're so popular is that the brackets are lightweight, but use high strength quarter inch steel," explains Stoller. "You could have a local blacksmith make them, but the cost of labor would kill you. We manufacture them domestically with robotic welders and from all U.S. steel. We powder coat them and price them at around $32."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Perma-Column Inc., 400 Carol Ann Lane, Ossian, Ind. 46777 (ph 800 622-7190; fax 260 622-7192; www.sturdiwall.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4