Melton Classics, Inc. FiberWound Classic™ Filament Wound Fiberglass Column Split for Reassembly Installation Instructions

Installer supplied materials:
1. blocking material
2. non-corrosive fasteners
3. premium grade polyurethane adhesive or epoxy adhesive
4. fiberglass repair materials similar to bondo
5. metal “L” brackets

Columns will arrive with shafts, capitals and bases split in halves. Each shaft half will be fitted with reattachment tabs.
Shaft halves will be screwed together when they arrive. There will be two doughnut shaped alignment rings included inside the shaft for later use aligning the split halves during installation. Split columns are non-load bearing.

Reassembly Instructions:
1. Columns that are split for reassembly should be installed similarly to full columns as indicated in standard Tuscan/Doric column installation instructions (steps 1 through 7).

2. Prior to erecting halves, pre-fit them on the ground. Column halves may not retain semicircular shape when disassembled.
If necessary, one of the shaft realignment rings can be attached to the interior of the column shaft, or to the post or steel structural support with blocking and glued inside shaft during installation to aide with realignment of column halves.

3. Secure one alignment ring to the deck where the column shaft will be placed with blocking to act as an interior framework for the column halves.

4. Lift one column half into place and glue to alignment ring. Secure column shaft in place using non-corrosive fasteners andmetal “L” brackets at top and bottom of shaft.

5. Lift the second column shaft half into place approximately 3 inches from the first shaft half.

6. Apply high quality polyurethane or epoxy adhesive to the tabs and to the seam of both shaft halves. Quickly align shaft halves around the interior support and alignment rings and join together using the small grabber screws shipped with the shafts. Wipe off excess adhesive from the surface of the column immediately. Attach the “L” brackets on the second shaft half to the structure using non-corrosive fasteners.

7. Follow adhesive manufacturers curing guidelines. Be sure to account for cool or damp conditions. Upon completion of curing remove grabber screws and fill screw holes and feather out shaft joint seam with fiberglass repair kit (bondo). After curing finish sand with 120 grit or finer sandpaper.

8. Install capital and base/plinth halves in place using non-corrosive fasteners, blocking and recommended adhesive.

9. After installation of capital and base, repair any nicks, screw holes or seams with fiberglass repair kit (bondo) and sand smooth with 120 grit or finer sandpaper.

10. Follow caulking and painting steps 11 through 13 from Tuscan/Doric column installation instructions.