12:37PM | 02/09/00
Member Since: 02/08/00
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I have a 1966 brick ranch house built over a crawl space with a block foundation. I have a problem with sagging center load bearing walls. I am considering pouring concrete supports and using jacks to support these walls. I also have some water damage to the house band board. Any suggestions about the best way to address these problems? Thanks for any help offered.


03:41AM | 02/12/00
Member Since: 03/06/99
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We recently completed a project similat to yours. The original builder missed the load bearing beams form the load point above. The problem came that the floor sagged. This was coupled by the fact the project was built on unsuitable ground. They built a support coulm over swampy soggy material and a tree stump. We poured footings larger than originally used. 3X3x12" footins with rebar down to good soil were pouredat about 8' apart. The concrete was allowed to set 14 days and 30 ton jacks were used to lift the sagging main beam to as best could be acheived. Steel concrete filled lolly columns with top and bottom plates were cut to fit and this resolved a 3" sag to an acceptable 3/4"/
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