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Old 02-27-2014, 07:17 AM   #16
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The bow in the wall is minimal (1/2"-1" total from top to bottom) I just want to stop it before it gets worse. There were some previous issues with down spouts draining too close to the house which is probably what was causing the problem and that has since been fixed. They all now drain out to the ditch.

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Old 02-27-2014, 12:00 PM   #17
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I found a link with the info I mentioned earlier. Page 37 has the details on how we do offsets "here":

http://www.cityofwaupaca.org/docview.aspx?docid=2708
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Old 02-27-2014, 12:27 PM   #18
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This happened to my parents home that my father built in 1953. 2 of the walls began to push in after the foundation was backfilled. Heavy clay material was used for the backfill. When my father saw what was happening he hired a backhoe to dig around the outside of the house to remove the heavy soil.

He was able to get some old railroad jacks from a friend to push the wall SLOWLY back in place. He place railroad ties against the block wall and set up the jacks to push against holes he made in the concrete floor. The jacks pushed against 6" oak logs that were placed against the railroad ties.
He would jack the railroad ties once a week to push the wall back to plumb.

When he got the wall plumb he constructed (3) 24"X24"X12" footers along the inside of the footer and wet suck #5 rebar vertically into the footer. He then set 16"X16"x8" chimney block to build a pilaster against the block wall all the way to the top. These pilaster were set every 6' O/C. He ran the #5 rebar to within 1' of the top of the wall. All the pilaster were filled with concrete and allowed to set 28 days.

There was no plastic pipe back then so he used red clay land tile to drain around three sides of the house. The fourth side was at ground elevation. He was able to day light the drain away from the house. He couldn't afford drainage stone, but was able to get some boney creek gravel to back fill around the house.

The railroad jack and ties were removed. That was in 1955 and the walls have never moved. My dad was no engineer, but he knew how to fix things. I am glad he taught me how to be a DIYer.
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Thanks for the link Jomama.
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I went through this last year.....ended up paying an established foundation repair company to install carbon fiber strips every 4 feet to stop any further movement.....they offered the steel posts too that you are doing but for a little more I went with the carbon fiber....you can paint them and they blend in the wall.....do a Google search a lot of places sell them if you want to diy it....pretty reasonable too and looked easy to install

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