11:55AM | 04/29/01
Member Since: 04/03/01
40 lifetime posts
our 45 yr old home has horizonal cracking in the mortar between the blocks in the wall (only one 35-ft wall at front of house) and this wall is slightly bowed inward. We are concerned and would like to reinforce the wall before we turn the room into a finished family room.

We have had a few masonry contractors give us estimates, one said they would strengthen it by chipping out a top block, and pouring concrete down the holes (every 6 feet)and adding rebar in the concrete in the holes.

Another one had a different method, he would use 4 steel I-beams against the wall, securing them to the wood ceiling beams above the wall, and INTO the floor below (they would drill and re-concrete the floor around the I-beam, after also installing a drainage system)

I need some advice, as to which method is better, and if anyone ever had them done. I would like to hire one of the 2 contractors soon. Thanks!


03:41AM | 06/14/01
Member Since: 06/13/01
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I had some contractors reinforce all my basement walls when I moved in to my 50 year old house. I too had horizontal cracking in the basement walls with slight bowing. The contractor I choose put the rebar in the walls. It was relatively inexpensive. ($600 for whole basement of a 1100 sq feet home.) So far so good. I haven't had the walls recrack. I guess it is your personal preference as the way you want to go. If you are going to cover the walls in the basement with drywall you won't see the steel beams anyways.

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