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Old 08-18-2012, 07:14 PM   #31
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I don't think the roof needs much support, the way it's built.
This is where i say hire a professional lol

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This is where i say hire a professional lol
I actually have a structural engineer coming this wednesday.

I just want to know the most about every solution to this problem, before I make a decision.
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What do you use in the crack if anything?
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He basically said that as a last resort he COULD demo it, get a sub contractor make a footing, and he would re-lay the brick. At a cost of about $4000.
Sounds like the right plan to me. You can probably find a joker on Craigslist to do it for less, but not a professional.
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HHmm, very interesting idea. Sounds like it a very reasonable approach to this problem.

Where you around when the work was done? How did they drive the wedge in? What was it made of? Was it reinforced any in any other way like epoxy on the space around the wedge?
I wasn't home when he did it. My neighbor gave me the report. The other column had been hit by a truck backing into it and the top half was offset from the base by about three inches. The mason and his son fixed both in less than a day. Not sure about the wedges. You might try white oak or even steel wedges used to split logs. He grouted in the space that he opened up under the column.
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The wedge idea is interesting, however it likely requires an adequate foundation. Unfortunately, from your photo and description, your foundation is settling unevenly, so driving wedges is not going to solve the foundation problem. In the case of a column on a suitable foundation that got hit by a truck, the wedge idea makes sense, because the foundation is not going to settle more.

Regardless, you have a professional engineer coming, and they will undoubtedly be able to give you good advice based on a site visit and local knowledge, which of course none of us here have.
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I came across this while looking for possible repair ideas for our own leaning column. Our house was constructed in the mid 20's and has no footing (it's a raised house and none of our piers have footings either, which is normal for this era in our area). Not surprising we have a column which has begun to lean.

Have you gone through with a fix? What were your results?

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