You can install Norwich columns easily using tools found in almost everyone's toolbox. To complete your project you will at least need these basic tools:
Below are directions on how to install Norwich faux stone post wraps.
1.) Before you start, make sure the surfaces of all column wraps pieces, posts, and column cap (if being used) are clean and dry. You’ll also need to acclimatize your faux stone post wraps, post, plywood and other lumber to roughly the same temperature and humidity for about 24 hours prior to installation. Do Not store any of these materials in direct sunlight or close to heat sources.
2.) To ensure a secure and well-anchored base for your column wraps, you’ll need to construct a sub-frame. This structure (including the plywood) will need to fit the inside dimensions of your column wraps. You will also need to center this frame on the existing support post and securely shim to maintain a solid and plumb connection.
3.) Apply exterior grade plywood to the sub frame to serve as a surface for installing your faux stone post wraps. Dry fit the column wrap pieces onto the structure to ensure proper sizing.
Hint: Leave a small amount of extra room for the thickness added by the adhesive that will be used between the panels and the plywood.
4.) Apply a bead of glue/adhesive along the perimeter of the back of a column wrap piece roughly an inch from the edge. Additional glue/adhesive should be applied to the rest of the panel back in a zigzag pattern with beads of glue/adhesive no more than 4" apart or so. A small amount of glue should be added to the inside of the interlocking "fingers" of the column wrap. Then add a small amount of color matched textured caulk to the edges of the "fingers" where they'll join with the next section of the wrap.
5.) Affix the faux stone post wrap panels to the plywood. Use a slight twisting motion to ensure good contact between the glue/adhesive and the plywood. The PL® Premium Advanced 8X Construction Adhesive will help to hold the individual pieces in place on the plywood during installation and give you some working time to put the other column wrap pieces up.
6.) Fit the interlocking "fingers" together and repeat steps 4 & 5 as needed for each of the other column wrap sections.
7.) Make sure the constructed column wrap is level and the fingers all fit together nicely. Fasten the panels to the plywood with screws all around the perimeter at roughly one foot apart or less. Additional screws will be needed in the middle of each section at a rate of about 1 screw per square foot. All screws should be very slightly recessed below the surface of the panels.
Do Not over tighten the screws.
Hint: Placing screws under protruding rocks, in crevices, or grout lines will help conceal them and give a cleaner, more realistic look.
8.) Before the textured caulk dries, be sure to use a damp rag to wipe off any excess that may have squeezed out from between the joints of the column wrap pieces. Additional textured caulk should be used to conceal screw heads as well. Click here for more details on caulking panels.
9.) If you’re installing multiple rows of faux stone post wraps, you can start installation on the next row up now. Repeat steps 4-9 for the following row(s) of column wraps to be installed.
Note: The column panel pieces were designed to butt up to each other bottom to top. This joint should also be caulked for a tight seal with a seamless look.
10.) The two piece column cap comes in 2 diagonal halves. The half sections are split along the diagonal to help hide the seam by following the original crease of the cap. The cut-out in the two cap halves allow them to fit around an existing Porch Support Post.
PLEASE NOTE: Either shimming and caulking or additional cutting may be required depending on the Post size, Cap center opening is 6" X 6". Proceed to Step 12.
11.) If using a solid cap (no opening/no post), you may proceed to Step 12.
12.) Apply glue to the tops of your column wraps and the wood sub-frame to secure the column cap in place. If using the two piece column cap, glue the two halves of the cap together around the existing Post. Set the column cap in place, pressing down firmly. Screws should be used to hold the cap together and/or held securely to the wrap pieces and sub-frame.
13.) Finally, use the paint from the Touch-up Kit to fix up your faux stone post wraps, hide screw heads and blend textured caulk for a more seamless look. Click here for more details on Touching Up Panels. Stand back and admire your new faux stone columns.
Note: In this project shown, additional wood was added to the structural support post to create a dramatic tapered look.
Be sure to follow and obey all safety rules and recommendations set forth by tool manufacturers. Always follow any, and all, local, state, and federal building codes.
Always comply with any specified clearances set forth by the manufactures of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat sources, as well.