Wrapping the decorative columns located outside a home is one way to change the appearance of the house exterior. Different colors and textures of wrap are available to refresh the home. It is not difficult or expensive to install this wrap. With a few tools, you can increase the curb appeal of the home in just one afternoon.
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Step 1: Column wrap is available in different lengths. Choose a length slightly longer than the length of the column. Use the tape measure to measure the wrap against the column and mark the area that will need to be cut.
Step 2: Cut off the marked end piece with the jigsaw.
Step 3: This wrap is symmetrical so you can determine which end will form the base. Look for the L-shaped squaring blocks in the package. These fit around the outside of the column and feature holes for mounting the column wrap onto the floor. Screw one squaring block into each L-shaped shaft, attaching it in the area you have designated as the bottom.
Step 4: Place the caulk in the caulking gun and run a bead of caulk on each of the two angled edges of one shaft. You do not need to caulk the other shaft. Put the caulked shaft around the post vertically so it covers two sides of the post. The squaring block should be flat on the floor. Have a helper hold this shaft in position as you stand up the second shaft and cover the remaining two sides of your post. Attach the shafts together at their seams, letting the caulk adhere them. Wet the cloth and immediately wipe away excess caulk.
Step 5: The wrapped columns must be screwed into the ceiling and the flooring for stability. Insert the screws into the holes on the squaring blocks located on the floor. Drill in each screw. Position the final two squaring blocks around the top of your column, insert the screws in the holes, and drill them into the ceiling and the shaft.
Step 6: Wrap the cap and the base around the column in the same manner as the post was wrapped. Apply caulk to one angled edge on the cap. Position the two sides of the cap around the top of the column and wipe off the excess caulk with the wet cloth. When the cap pieces are attached, there will be a small gap between the column and the cap. Have a helper hold both sides of the cap in position while you apply caulk to this gap.
Step 7: Repeat Step 6 for the base piece. Allow 24 hours for the caulk to dry.