12:49PM | 11/13/04
Member Since: 11/12/04
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We have to replace a loadbearing wall in the center of our house due to extensive dryrot damage. Can anyone give me any feedback as to how to best support the ceiling during the demolition and rebuild?

The house is roughly 50 years old, the floor is slab on grade and there are two rough cut joists approx. 3x10 that run the length of the house sitting atop concrete block walls. The section that must be replaced is between the concrete sections and the rest of the attic appears to be 2x4 stock (there's a makeshift floor and the furnace and all the duct work, wiring and such makes it hard to say for sure).

It seems as though the main structural concern is not directly over the wall we need to replace but the furnace is, so we are proceeding with great caution.

We saw some jacks at *****, their weight was rated in elephants! on the package. I find that kind of non committal -at least a little obscure. Not that I would really know how much weight we need to support anyway!

So I'm looking for some general feedback if anyone has used the jacks or if temporary lumber framing would be better.

I know we should hire a contractor but there just isn't the money.


01:58AM | 11/16/04
Member Since: 01/14/03
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...especially if you've never attempted this kind of work. It sounds like you're talking about the main carrying beam in the basement, and that is not something the amatuer wants or should be attempting to remove and replace without extensive prior experience. You need help. Experienced help. If I were you, I'd seek a professional in your area who would allow you and your team(?) to work with him, under his direction, to get the job perhaps a reduced rate for your labor.

Look at it this way...

If you attempt this and it fails, not only will you be subjecting yourself to possible, and probable, personal injury or worse, you'll be setting yourself up for having your home insurance company contest any claims you make because of damage during the event.

It's a big job no matter how you look at it. Trying to save money at the potential cost is, at least in my book, not worth it. Look for someone in your area who has experience and can work not only for you, but with you.
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