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AChant

10:44AM | 07/09/04
Member Since: 07/08/04
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My husband and I recently bought a home that is around 150 years old. It is a 5 bedroom, 2-story that has a new section, but it is the older section that needs more work. There are a lot of things that need to be done, but there are a couple of urgent ones.

1. The house is sagging in the middle and needs to be jacked up. The support beams are actual logs. The foundation was built out of the rock that was there at the time. How can this be done with the least amount of damage? The walls are plaster, not drywall and I do not really want to damage them that much.

2. This house still has a summer kitchen on the back end of it. This room has started to separate from the house. I do not really want to lose it. How can I repair this with minimal damage to what is already there?

tomh

12:28PM | 07/09/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
I'm afraid that the forum is not going to be able to give you an answer to your very complex structural problems involving a 150 year old home built with log timbers and stone foundation. You really need a foundation contractor/ engineer to evaluate the best approach to achieve the lift and foundation reinforcement or reconstruction. What could we say? We know nothing about the structure, your location, soils, caustes of failure, code requirements, etc. Please consult with a couple foundation contractors in your area, or possibly a structural engineer.

Sorry not to be more help. good luck.

k2

07:49PM | 07/09/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello AChant,

Tomh is 'on the money' on this one! Nobody can give you a solution to this problem over the Internet! (Really now--would YOU trust anyone who claimed to?)

There are plenty of times we help each other regarding DIY problems through this site, and others. For some problems, however, you need a professional opinion. You need something in writing--for future homeowers, for code inspectors, heck--for your OWN peace of mind!

We help each other a lot for some problems. For THIS one, you need a professional!

BTW, contrats on your new home! Here's to hoping your problems will be minor and that you'll enjoy your new home for many years to come!

Till next time,

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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