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kevets

03:47PM | 01/06/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
3 lifetime posts
Bvbasement
I have a house built in 1926. The center beam is wood. The center support post is rusted at the bottom. The house used to have problems with flooding.

In the past couple of years, I've noticed a lot of cracks in the plaster. Most of the cracks are in the center of the house.

I believe the cracks in the plaster are due to the house settling because the beam is not getting the proper support because of the rusted pole.

If my assumption is correct, can this be fixed by an average homeowner such as me or do i need a professional?

If I need a professional, what type of a contractor would i get?

If i do it myself, what do i do, how do i do it and what do i look out for, etc...

I believe i've seen it done on one of the home repair shows on tv. Buy one or two of the screw posts from Home Depot/Lowe's. Raise the posts until the beam is level...correct?

Thanks!
Steve

david_wv

06:48AM | 01/09/04
Member Since: 01/28/01
171 lifetime posts
I would first check for the main beam to see how far it has settled. Just run a tight string from one end to the other and check for sag.

If you do replace the support post, you'll need to pour a footer for it. Off the top of my head I would think something at least a foot square and 6 or more inches deep installed in a hole in the basement floor. Thoroughly compact the subsoil before pouring concrete. The work is DIY but you really need to check on sizes and capacities.

kevets

09:04AM | 01/09/04
Member Since: 01/05/04
3 lifetime posts
Do I really need to pour a footer even though I already have a concrete floor and the side beams are just resting on the concrete?
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