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Chartre

12:29AM | 07/20/99
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Well, my wife & I have taken the dive into a 90 year old house that we fell in love with. We are currently camped out in the back bedroom with wallpaper hanging off the ceiling, and I've got the crawlspace dry after laying 250' of sewage line(whew). Now I am ready to fix the foundation which I am resolved to do before I do amy other work on the house, and I remember that you guys had tackled foundations before.

I have a very limited budget, so I am forced into doing most of the work myself, or subcontracting out small loads.

The beams are all solid, the piers are all Boudark(sp?) trunks, and I hate the idea of replacing all that natural termite-eaten beauty, but I don't see any way around it. The house is a 42' square prairie farmhouse. Crawlspace is 2'6". 47 piers. 40% of doors in house do not close right.

Questions:
a)Do I drill 20' to bedrock for each pier? How do I do that in 2.5' of crawlspace?
b)Somebody suggested I pour a triangle of 'beams' on 3 piers to bedrock for it, then support the house from that.
c)Another says steel driven rods to bedrock for each pier.
d)Another says "Bulltwinkies" to all of that, and just pour a shallow 3ft. disk of concrete under each of my precious Boudark timbers... flatten the tops & bottoms and they'll be fine for 'nother 100 years(with adjusting).

What I know:
I know that I don't want my new walls cracking/shifting.

Thanx, Chartre

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