Ever see adjustable steel columns in basements and wondered whether they should be replaced by more permanent, non-adjustable columns? Perhaps they should be, but a structural engineer needs to make that decision, not an inspector. Adjustable columns might be defective according to the IRC (such as in the case where they are less than 3 inches in diameter) but maybe the load they are carrying is unusually light. Nevertheless, there are certain things that inspectors can look for, such as rust-proofing and deflection. For more information, check out our new article on adjustable steel columns.