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Old 08-23-2011, 12:29 PM   #1
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Moving Cabin from crawlspace foundation to slab


New to the forum - looks like a great resource!

I am in the process of moving a cabin (36 x 24 single story) in northern MN from a crawlspace foundation to a monolithic slab foundation. We are putting the slab directly in back of the existing foundation and moving the cabin on to it. My question.

The cabin has a traditional floor system - 2 x 10 floor joists. What would be the best way to set this on the slab?

Ideally, I would like to remove the floor joists and set the frame of the cabin directly on the slab. This would give me a concrete floor. This seems complicated.

If I keep the floor joists what would be the best method to set this on the new slab? I assume I cannot just set the joists directly on the concrete? The current joists are not pressure treated.

As additional information - I will be completely remodeling the cabin after it is moved (Including removing the subfloor).

Hopefully my questions are clear and thanks in advance for the help!

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Well a lot depends on how your floor and your walls systems are constructed.

I am assuming there are bottom plates for the walls that sit atop a sub-floor decking material, (ply, diagonal 1x?) That are nailed to FJs (floor joist).

I might start by re-enforcing the walls for shear while moving, suspend the structure in some way (many different ways) remove the sub-floor and FJs.

Install new pressure treated (PT) sill plates on the slab with the appropriate hold-downs long enough to go thru the new sill and the old sill plates.

These are just vague suggestions I know but your question lacked any specificity also.

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The best way is to number all of the logs, and reverse the process that was used to put it together. Log cabins are a creature of their own, and just moving them can be enough to cause the logs to shift, and the chinking to pop out. I would suggest contacting the company that built this home, or talk to a architect that is familiar in this type of construction.
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