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Building a Concrete Block Column

Building a structurally sound concrete block column requires following a method used by professional block masons. Whether needed for a gate pillar or porch support, the procedure for a 16-by-16-inch square column can be adapted to any standard block size or column height by adapting the method to the various masonry unit sizes available. Local and national building codes have specific requirements regarding concrete block, footing size, reinforcing and load bearing. It is recommended that reinforcing steel uprights be placed in the slab or footings at the column locations when they are poured to provide an additional anchoring for the column structure.