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Old 10-30-2012, 04:37 PM   #31
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Total cost for wood basement was $42,000. The associated costs included lowering the power panel the necessary 2 feet as it was too high and we plumbed for a bathroom. One other cost was installation of a new furnace to replace the old one that burned fuel oil.

The contractor I had kept saying no problem we'll take care of that no charge when things came up that needed to be fixed or moved like the water heater. And true to his word he never did charge for the extra work. He even left the skid steer for an additional week so I could level out the ground around the house in some spots.

He advised on all the other DIY projects I had like moving the water and furnace and was a great resource. I would hire him again in a second!
One other HUGE consideration was that we never had to be out of the house aside from one night when we had the power panel lowered.

My only consideration would be the necessary work to replant my lawn...


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Old 10-30-2012, 08:29 PM   #32
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Using concrete blocks is the way to go! Blocks can be laid as you knock down the old wall!

My bro-in-law had a PT foundation installed for his new house. A concrete footing is first required, then the framed wall is installed in sections.
Great care must be taken to ensure that no moisture can penetrate. Especially under the sill plate. Usually two or more layers of a water barrier are applied.
Waterproofing is a royal pain where you don't want pain, on a wood foundation. And if water does penetrate, you have a major prob. on hand.

A dry wood foundation will last as long as the upper framing.
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:19 PM   #33
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If I need a footing, then the whole wall has to come down...can't do the brick by brick. Besides have you looked at the pictures?



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