Re: Bad news received… - Posted by Ronald * Starr(in No CA)
Posted by Ronald * Starr(in No CA) on July 19, 2003 at 23:55:34:
Well, I’d not take the contractor’s word for it.
I’ve done some jacking up and leveling of floors. It was actually not too much work.
The main issue, as I see it, what is the problem? Sinking into the dirt? Then just get some broad flagstones or stepping stones–16-18"–and dig down a littl bit and put them down. Jack up the structure near these stonea and place concrete piers on them. Them put 4X4" or 6x6" vertical posts in. Lower floor supports down on them.
If the structural parts are compressed or rot or insect damaged, the wood above will sink down into them. Solution: replace the damaged parts with new.
This is really not a hard task on the jobs I’ve done. Maybe there are some jobs that are impossible, but I doubt it. I’d suggest you get under the house and look yourself at the whole problem. You might find that you and a handiperson could repair the whole thing for a couple of thousand dollars.
Now, do be careful. A lot of weight is above you. Don’t take out supports until you have braces holding the weight of the structure from moving down. And, when you are jacking, do is slowly, watching for cracks in the plaster and other issues.
Wheneven I raise a part of a house I go up about 1/2 to 3/4 higher than surrounding areas, to allow for sinking of my supports into the dirt.
Sometimes it is easier to take out part of the floor boards to quickly get access to a section of the house rather than crawl in from some little opening at the other end of the building. The boards taken out are usually easily replaced or new plywood put in.
Now, I am not a contractor. I advise you to be careful. Don’t do this is if you don’t have good common sense.
But, gravity and wood seems to me to be something that is easy to understand.
Good Investing**Ron Starr