I have an old Edwardian style home built in 1911 with the 9-10 foot ceilings and a full basement and attic. The house is roughly 30x30 and subject to a main addition and overhauls in the next 3 years!
The people who owned my house before me removed a main support wall between the dining room and kitchen and ALL support posts from the basement! I have studied the foundation in my basement and it appears to be sound, with no cracks or crumbling. However, up on the main floors I have beautiful oak zebra-cut(?) wood that is cracking, cracking plaster, and wood moldings that no longer match up. I also have some windows cracking or are hard to open/shut. I would like to add support beams BACK into the basement but do not know where they should go, I think I can see where they were, but would it be safe to use floor jacks to slowly jack the house up until all is even again then place a permanent support beam in that place? Is this a slow steady, bit-by-bit on a monthly basis project or one I can do in a relatively short period of time?
I have an exterior picture of the house at my website http://www.acsnet.com/~tambrey/house.html
and I will be adding interior pics soon so you can see what I mean and maybe give advice!
Thanks!'This site is GREAT!!!
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