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03:41AM | 10/19/05
Member Since: 10/18/05
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Looking for some advise on the decision to jack up my house or pay to have it done.

Our home is sitting on concrete sono-tubes. The ground is damp-to-wet most of the year. I would like to jack the house up enough to at least pour a foundation, a 2' concrete perimeter wall (knee wall), and of course perimeter drains. One corner of the house sits over a huge stone, or ledge, so excavating is not probable. We have had an estimate of 19k+ to jack the house and pour a slab and four 8' walls.

The house is 30yrs old and 2x4 construction. I have a fair amount of construction experience. I believe I can jack the house my self (renting house jacks). The house is 30x32 with 2 support beams running the length of the 30' width (the supports are made of 2x10's, 3 wide).

I think 3 jacks spaced evenly along each support beam would provide enough jacking support. I also believe that a small concrete slab/block should be poured where each jack will be used to support the jacks. As well as 4x4's stacked next to each jack to further support the house when jacking is not actually happening.

I have been known to take on more than I I'm looking for some unbias opionions on doing the project myself...?



Glenn Good

05:06PM | 10/19/05
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
A word of caution:

If the house is not jacked up in small increments and kept on a flat and level plane you could experience cracks in the walls, broken glass or malfunctioning windows, improperly operating hardware or sticking doors, etc. (And these are just to name a few of the possible minor problems).

This type of work is best left to a professional unless you have extensive experience, the proper tools, and a great insurance policy that will cover any possible damages (A professional should have the proper liability insurance to cover this).


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