Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-10-2008, 05:23 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 14
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Crawl space dig-out


My crawl space is very tiny, and difficult for people who come in to do work to move around in. I was wondering what people thought about trying to dig it out versus putting in a basement (I guess that would mean jacking up the house?) Are there companies that dig-out crawl spaces? If I were to do it on my own, how would I do that?

Thanks for any advice!

kfowle3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 05:26 PM   #2
Registered User
 
Termite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Crawl space dig-out


You can usually get away with removing a few inches of dirt. How deep are your footings below the floor of the crawlspace? The challenge is that you have to leave the soil that your footings bear on alone. Loads transfer from the footing straight down and at 45 degree angles to the sides. So, you cannot remove the soil that falls in that 45 degree line from the underside of the footing...Unless you have a foundation contractor pour additional footings or take measures to stabilize the soil beneath them.

Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 06:05 PM   #3
Don't know it all, yet!
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Metro Atlanta, GA
Posts: 910
Rewards Points: 500
Default

Crawl space dig-out


Waaay back once upon a time, I did exactly this.

We (my parents) bought a house and my brother and I, as teenagers, wanted some extra room. The yard had enough of a slope that the back, where the crawl space door was, was about five feet high. Just enough to have to duck a little. We went under there, with shovels and a wheelbarrow, and dug it out. We left enough where you first went in to make a ramp for the wheelbarrow and left about two feet of dirt around the piers.

Just consider that you had two teenagers, two buddies next door, and out of school for the summer.

A co-worker told me about ten years ago that his parents had had someone come in and make a basement for them because they wanted extra storage room (I think). Anyway, this company dug out the crawlspace, poured the floors, did the proper supports, finished the walls and everything. He told me that it cost them around $8-10,000 I think, or maybe it was a little less than that. Anyway, they got a complete dried in basement for less than what adding one small room would have cost.
__________________
If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right. If you wouldn't put your name on it, it ain't done right!
downunder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada (s/w ON.)
Posts: 2,294
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Crawl space dig-out


If you live in an area that is subject to frost heave, be careful.
If the crawl space is unheated, frost can easily penetrate under excavated footings and cause them to heave.
The footing that are covered by 3 or 4 feet of earth are protected. But,if you remove this protection, the earth under the footings will be vulnerable!
Wildie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
basement, crawl space, dig-out


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
thoughts on crawl space heating rtoni HVAC 3 09-30-2008 01:47 PM
crawl space confusion shoestring General DIY Discussions 1 07-27-2008 02:06 PM
Crawl Space - to vent or not? tomandlu Building & Construction 2 01-15-2008 08:23 PM
Crawl Space In Basement -- Please Help thekid Building & Construction 7 01-04-2008 09:15 PM
Screening the crawl space vents ziggy29 Building & Construction 2 11-29-2006 09:26 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.