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Old 04-15-2012, 08:02 AM   #16
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have my joists shrunk ?


idk when my house was built. it keeps getting older the more i live here. i just found an inspection sticker, by the phone lines. it said 2-13 on it. so i am guessing that it is at least that old.

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when i was breaking out the bricks, i could hear pieces falling into the wall cavity.

i was thinking about why those bricks are there. to hold the house in place, perhaps.
I hope your conclusion(to hold the house in place) is not valid based on how you came about that conclusion (breaking out the bricks)
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that wasn't a "conclusion, it was "guess". there is a lot i cannot see, because it is covered. but other than weight & friction, what is holding the framing to the foundation ? like, how a garage is bolted to the slab.
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The mortar mix and brick is holding the framing in place, why are you removing it, to air seal?
You will likely need to fill some of the cells with mortar, every 6' apart and add a metal tie to the rim or joist for hold-down. Other cells can be filled with pour-in insulation to add R-value to the wall, then foamboard and canned foam. The rim MAY have some ties to mortared cells, may not......

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Old 04-16-2012, 08:13 PM   #20
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see, my "guess" may be correct

GBR. i removed 2 cells, just to see the condition of things. and to see if the house was a balloon. and it is very possible that there are some kind of anchors spaced about, i just can't see them because of the bricks.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:21 PM   #21
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i just went down there and hammered around. i couldn't tell, by the sound, if there are any filled sections of the blocks.

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