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Column Wrap Installation

  • Caulk Gun Caulk Gun
  • Color Complimenting Textured Caulk Color Complimenting Textured Caulk
  • Loctite® PL® Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive Loctite® PL® Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive
  • Tape Measure Tape Measure
  • Exterior Screws Exterior Screws
  • Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade
  • Utilty Knife Utilty Knife
  • Screw Gun / Drill Driver & Bits Screw Gun / Drill Driver & Bits
  • Painters Tape Painters Tape
  • Column Cap (optional) Column Cap (optional)
  • Exterior Grade Sheathing Exterior Grade Sheathing
  • Columns Columns
  • 2x4 Lumber 2x4 Lumber
  • Shims (if needed) Shims (if needed)
  • Touchup Kit Touchup Kit
  • Tack Cloth Tack Cloth
  • Clean Cloth Clean Cloth
  • Small Paint Brush Small Paint Brush
  • Laser / Level Laser / Level
  • Cotton Swabs Cotton Swabs
  • Safety Glasses Safety Glasses

24 Hours Before Starting - Ensure post is structurally sound and in good condition. Clear away brush and debris.

Acclimate faux column and installation materials by storing them flat in the installation location (but away from moisture and direct sunlight or other heat sources) for at least 24 hours.

  • Be sure to 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 clearances set forth by the manufacturer of stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, and any other heat source.
  • Wear safety glasses during the entire installation process.

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Step 1

Prepare Area

Ensure there is a level concrete foundation at the base of the structural post.

Step 2

Stacking Columns

Measure the total height of the installation. If column sections need to be trimmed for height, plan the cuts so that the shiplap joint between the upper and lower column sections is maintained.

Step 3

Construct a Sub-Frame


  • Exterior Grade Sheathing
  • 2x4 Lumber
  • Shims
  • Tape Measure
  • Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade
  1. Measure the inside dimensions of the column wrap.
    Width _______ Depth ______ Height ______
  2. Determine the dimensions of the sub-frame by subtracting 1/8” from the inside width and depth of the column wrap. Sub-frame Height will be equal to the height of the column wrap.
  3. Build sub-frame of 2x4’s and exterior-grade sheathing material. Ensure sub-frame is square and centered on the post.

Step 4

Dry Fit the Panels

Ensure panels fit the sub-frame and interlock appropriately. Make any necessary adjustments.

Step 5

Prepare Area


  • Caulk Gun
  • Color Complimenting Textured Caulk
  • Loctite® PL®Premium® 3X Construction Ad-hesive
  • Tack Cloth
  1. Wipe the back of the columns and the face of the subframe with a tack cloth to remove debris.
  2. Turn the column section over on a soft surface. Apply beads of Loctite PL 3X adhesive to the back in vertical lines spaced no more than 3” apart.
  3. Add a dab of adhesive to the back of any projections.
  4. Add a small amount of the color coordinating textured caulk to the edges of the fingers where they join with the next section of the column wrap.

Step 6

Adhere Column Wrap

  1. Apply the column wrap to the structure.
  2. Use a slight twisting/sliding motion to help insure good contact between the adhesive and the plywood.
  3. Repeat for additional sections of the column wrap.

Step 7

Screw Wrap to the Sub-Frame


  • Laser/Level
  • Exterior Screws
  • Screw Gun/Drill Driver & Bits

Make sure that the column wrap is level and the fingers fit together.

Fasten the sections to the sub-frame by adding about (1) screw per square foot. Take care to add them along the perimeter and the center of the section. Screws should be slightly recessed.


HINT: Place screws under protruding rocks or in grout lines to make them less noticeable.

Step 8

Clean Excess Caulk


  • Clean Cloth

Use a clean cloth to remove any caulk that squeezed out from between panels.

Step 9

Install Next Level (optional)


  • Loctite® PL®Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive
  • Caulk Gun
  • Color Complimenting Textured Caulk

If installing a second level, add a bead of caulk to the top lip of the bottom section then follow Step 4 through Step 8 for each level.

Step 10

Select Column Cap

If not using a column cap skip to Step 14.

  1. There are two basic styles of column cap; split and solid.
  2. Split caps are available to accommodate 4” or 6” square posts.
  3. Solid caps can be used as the crowning touch of a stand-alone column, or can be altered to accommodate a post.

Step 11

Cut Column Cap (optional)


  • Wood Cutting Saw with Finish Blade

If installing a solid column cap around a post, cut the cap in half along the diagonal. Then cut the center to allow it to fit the existing post.

Step 12

Dry Fit Column Cap


  • Utilty Knife

Set the cut cap on top of the column and assess the fit. Trim any protrusions on the column that impact the fit.

Step 13

Apply Adhesive and Mount Cap


  • Clean Cloth
  • Caulk Gun
  • Exterior Screws
  • Loctite® PL®Premium® 3X Construction Adhesive
  • Screw Gun / Drill Driver & Bits
  1. Apply a bead of adhesive to the top of the column wraps, wood sub-structure and halves of the cap.
  2. Firmly press the cap to the column the sides of the cap together (if necessary). Secure cap by toe screwing.
  3. Wipe any excess adhesive with a clean cloth.

Step 14

Touch-up as Needed


  • Caulk Gun
  • Caulk
  • Clean Cloth
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Touchup Kit
  1. Caulk - Add caulk to fill in voids, gaps and holds from screw heads. Carefully blend before it dries.
  2. Base Coat - If your touch-up kit contains a base coat, use a cotton swab to apply a light layer of the base coat and allow it to dry completely (about 30 minutes).
  3. Paint - Using a paint brush, apply the appropriate paint then dab with a soft cloth to blend and allow to dry completely (about 30 minutes).
  4. Wash - If your touch-up kit contains a wash, apply the wash using a paint brush and dab with a soft cloth to blend.

Wash Concentrate - If the bottle is labeled “wash concentrate” add tap water to the neck of the bottle, screw on lid, and shake to mix before using.

HINT: If you need to mix colors to achieve the desired shade, we recommend doing so on a piece of scrap material. Paint can be thinned by adding water. Start with lighter colors.