04:01PM | 08/16/02
Member Since: 08/15/02
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The back section of my two story house is on stilts (6x6 posts) with 7' of headroom. I want to excavate and put in living space. Any ideas on how to get a foundation under the existing posts? I'm thinking about temporary jacking the existing beam on each side of a post. Then replace the post with a header on two posts running perpendicular to the existing beam. This would give me room directly under the existing beam to pour a foundation. Is there anything I need to look out for? Any other ideas?

Jay J

03:36PM | 09/22/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Eric,

Yes, I have a suggestion. Spend some of the $$$ you're saving by doing the work yourself on hiring a Structural Contractor for advice. There are times where you spend some of that saved $$$ for sound advice. I think this is one of those times. Besides, how can anyone from here see what's going on? Our advice could end up sending your 1st floor into the basement. (As usual, our intentions are well placed ...)

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

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