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lampskin

02:01PM | 05/11/08
Member Since: 09/24/06
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oops!! i posted the wrong image. I just uploaded a bunch of images, and i can't seem to edit my post like I can on other forums.

Anyways, sorry, here's the pic of the foundataion. If anyone is wondering, the other picture is of my ceiling when i was running the wiring for my bathroom fan.
1493 foundation

lampskin

02:02PM | 05/11/08
Member Since: 09/24/06
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parging peeling, foundation cracked...
1494 foundation 2

lampskin

02:03PM | 05/11/08
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more horrible cracks
1495 foundation 3

lampskin

02:05PM | 05/11/08
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cracks again
1496 foundation 4

lampskin

02:06PM | 05/11/08
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mess
1497 foundation 5

lampskin

02:06PM | 05/11/08
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double parging layers
1498 foundation 6

lampskin

05:32PM | 05/20/08
Member Since: 09/24/06
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I guess foundations aren't all that interesting to people, given the number of replies...

Oh well.

I started fixing it, with some advice from the building people at Home Depot.

A bag of sand mix concrete, some hydraulic cement, a trowel, concrete mixer, hammer, and chisel...

oh yeah...and a bucket and water...
1500 its lonely in here

lampskin

05:33PM | 05/20/08
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and a power drill
1501 tools

lampskin

05:35PM | 05/20/08
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cleaned out the cracks with a hammer and chisel.

As i was making the cracks wider, a big huge chunk of concrete fell off the foundation.

I tapped around in various spots, got hollow noises, and so I cleaned off ALL the old concrete.

It's a 100 yr old house, so i must have found about 3 or 4 layers of concrete, and under that was the real foundation, which looked like this:
1502 working

lampskin

05:37PM | 05/20/08
Member Since: 09/24/06
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wirebrushed and sprayed with hose.

the old foundation was actually in pretty good shape.

There was a big crack at the corner of the house. Wasn't sure if it was supposed to be there for expansion....

Either way, I hydro cemented that sucka up good.

Not sure if it was the right thing to do, but meh, it's done.

here's a pic of the crack
1503 cleaned off the old

lampskin

05:40PM | 05/20/08
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here's what i have so far. First i put the hydro cement on the crack...that stuck really well.

Then i used the sand mix cement.

That took a little longer to set.

I had a bit of trouble getting it to just the right texture.

After I put in on with the trowel, I let it set.

I heard that you need to cover it with plastic or something, but i didn't bother. It was kind of chilly so i figured the water wouldn't evaporate that quick.

I sprayed it down with the hose every 12 hrs or so.
1504 started filling in t

lampskin

05:43PM | 05/20/08
Member Since: 09/24/06
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The sandcrete stuff i got says you can't go more than 2 inches thick, so i need to do another layer on top to make it even...

Anyways, help is appreciated, since i've never done this before.

It's really hard to get someone to come and do an estimate on this stuff, so i'll just do it myself. It can't look any WORSE...
1505 planning another lay

molder101

10:07AM | 06/19/08
Member Since: 06/17/08
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For being bobvila.com you would think there would be a little more action. Guess not. Anyway, I appreciate the updates especially since no one helped you out.

I posted my question both here and in a few different forums hoping to get diversity of opinion. The ones I actually got answers on were:

forum.doityourself.com

houserepairtalk.com

If you have any questions I suggest you check those out.

mike


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