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Old 03-28-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Just returned from the crawl space and here is what i discovered.

One side is my crawl space (where picture was taken), the other side is my garage (single step down to garage from house).

dirt on garage floor side
no high traffic area (garage never used for a car)
NO other cracks in any block or morter
Has been like this for at least 10 years (house is 27 years old) has not gotten worse.

Wall is 5 courses high from the floor of the crawl and approx. 12 ft long.

Crack runs about 8 - 10 ft of it on the morter joind below the second course down from the top.

there is VERY little to NO movement of the wall vertically or horizontally. THe bubble on my levels (2ft for the vertical, and 4' for the horizontal) were maybe touching the lines on the side of the range, or within them. No visable movement either and the top plate is still secure to the top course.

Any thoughts with this info? have someone coming in next week to look.

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Old 03-29-2014, 10:51 AM   #2
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probably some exterior soil pressure's caused the misalignment or, possibly, the backhoe bucket could've hit the wall when backfilling the excavation,,, have the same thing in our atl ome ( block bsmt walls ),,, i'll tuck point it just before we list it for sale - who's coming in to look at it ? pe OR a ' foundation specialty contractor ' ? ? ? their answers may not be the same,,, pe's usually don't have large boats

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It is a PE coming to take a look. Figured that was the best route to go?
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Old 03-29-2014, 01:25 PM   #4
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If its been 10 years and didnt get worse I would repoint it like said above and check it every year to see if crack reappears.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:59 PM   #5
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here's a simple way to ck it - after repointing, smear some drywall joint compound over it,,, IF there's movement, the compound will exhibit a crack,,, the atl house is 35yrs old - hasn't moved a dime since built
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