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Installation Guide

Main Surefit PicA 24" diameter 20' in length column being installed.

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General Installation Instructions

It is very important to follow these instructions precisely.

In addition to standard tools, you will also need automotive spot putty, adhesive (see adhesive page), 220 grit wet-dry sandpaper, 80 grit and 120 grit sand paper, automotive plastic filler, clean rags, acetone, bondo spreader, shims, 7/64" drill bit and 1 1/2" grabber screws.

  • Step 1:
    Measure the exact floor to ceiling height using a plumb bob to insure accuracy.
  • Step 2: Cut to bottom of the column shaft 1/4" shorter than measurement taken in Step 1 using an abrasive blade. After you have trimmed the column to the right height you are ready to install.

CAUTION: Do not separate the halves until you are ready to install to prevent warping.

  • Step 3:
    If there are screws (usually with larger shafts, capitals and bases), remove the screws first. Then gently tap apart the two halves.
  • Step 4:
    Make sure the parts fit together properly before going further.
  • Step 5:
    After pieces are separated, remove the plastic separator from the flange and the paper separator from the seams. Lightly sand the seam on both sides to remove excess paper from the joint.

Adhesive Choices

Methacrylate Adhesive with Curing Agent (Best Choice)

This adhesive can be purchased from Architectural Detail Corporation along with an applicator gun. The gun and adhesive require a deposit, but any unused tubes of adhesive can be returned for credit.

Polyurethane Premium Construction Adhesive
(Good Choice) This product is available at Lowes, Home Depot, and similar stores.
Devcon High Strength Plastic Welder #S-220 (Fast setting time)
Epoxy (NOT recommended)

  • Step 6: Spread the flange and the piece to be joined to the flange with adhesive.
  • Step 7: Immediately slide cap and base halves back together. If your cap or base came with screws, put small amount of Devcon high-strength adhesive on each screw and put it back into its original hole.
  • Step 8: Cover small visible seam with automotive spot putty (see primer repair page).
  • Step 9: Remove excess adhesive from seams with a clean rag lightly soaked in acetone. (Acetone is available in any lumber paint store.) DO NOT GET EXCESS ACETONE, ADHESIVE OR BONDO ONTO THE PRIMER, AS IT WILL CAUSE PRIMER DAMAGE.
  • Step 10: After adhesive has had ample time to cure, remove any screws.
  • Step 11: Cover any screw holes with adhesive. As adhesive won't give you a good finish, follow this with a coat of plastic filler (bondo) on the hole only. Apply spot putty over plastic filler.
  • Step 12: Do not disturb the piece for 24 hours.
  • Step 13: Cover screw holes with automotive plastic body filler. It is a good idea to coat the screw hole with automotive spot putty for a smooth finish. For your convenience we have supplied some #10 shank grabber screws in case you strip the existing screws. If more screws are needed to line up the halves, pre-drill a hole with a 7/64" drill bit and use 1½" grabber screws. Let the adhesive set for 24 hours to cure.
  • Step 14: Sand smooth and paint.
  • Step 15: Place capital on shaft (see capital and base instructions). Shim column assembly with capital on it into place. Use L brackets to attach shaft to sub-straight. Assemble base (see capital and base instructions).

    Caps and Bases Installation Instructions

  • Step 1:
    If there are screws (usually with larger shafts, capitals and bases), remove the screws first. Then gently tap apart the two halves.
  • Step 2:
    Make sure the parts fit together properly before going further.
  • Step 3: After pieces are separated, remove the plastic separator from the flange and the paper separator from the seams. Lightly sand the seam on both sides to remove excess paper from the joint.

    Adhesive Choices

    Methacrylate Adhesive with Curing Agent (Best Choice)

    This adhesive can be purchased from Architectural Detail Corporation along with an applicator gun. The gun and adhesive require a deposit, but any unused tubes of adhesive can be returned for credit.

  • Step 4:
    Spread the flange and the piece to be joined to the flange with adhesive.
  • Step 5:
    Immediately slide cap and base halves back together. If your cap or base came with screws, put small amount of Devcon high-strength adhesive on each screw and put it back into its original hole.
  • Step 6: Cover small visible seam with automotive spot putty (see primer repair page).
  • Step 7:
    Remove excess adhesive from seams with a clean rag lightly soaked in acetone. (Acetone is available in any lumber paint store.) DO NOT GET EXCESS ACETONE, ADHESIVE OR BONDO ONTO THE PRIMER, AS IT WILL CAUSE PRIMER DAMAGE.
  • Step 8:
    After adhesive has had ample time to cure, remove any screws.
  • Step 9:
    Cover any screw holes with adhesive. As adhesive won't give you a good finish, follow this with a coat of plastic filler (bondo) on the hole only. Apply spot putty over plastic filler.
  • Step 10:
    Do not disturb the piece for 24 hours.
  • Step 11: Cover screw holes with automotive plastic body filler. It is a good idea to coat the screw hole with automotive spot putty for a smooth finish.
  • Step 12: Sand smooth and paint.