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Suzuki91vx800 06-19-2009 11:00 AM

stone foundation to block or concrete
I would like to put in a full basment. should I go with block or would any contractor be able to pour it for me. i know it is not that easy but I would really love to jack this place up and have the stone foundation dug out and replaced.
I dont know if there were ever any threads on this topic but any info on doing this would be great.
anybody here have any experiance with this kind of thing?

Daniel Holzman 06-19-2009 11:21 AM

You might start by describing in detail your existing condition (dimensions of the house, type of construction, style of house, condition of house, dimensions of existing foundation, type of existing foundation) then describe what condition you want to get to. Otherwise, the answer is yes.

Suzuki91vx800 06-19-2009 12:24 PM

its crude but this will give you a good idea of the house

I call it a split level house, old style as it was built i think in 1900 old rough lumber. theupstairs has a bath and master br, second story portion of the house has the roof peak going fron to back and the single story has the peak going the legnth of it (side to side)

basement under the single story portion of the house has crouching room with a sump and po pored cement slab, 2 story portion is dirt crawl space. there is a lot of work to be done probably before any jacking could be done the floors are saggy and bouncy and what I call the sil plate or mud plate needs replaced in spots. the current foundation is really thick maybe 2-3 ft ? I would like to make it finishable living space as i said it is field stone foundation and is leaning in some spots


stadry 06-20-2009 12:25 PM

did this on our 1864 house in binghamton,,, thankfully i had 2 friends in the housemoving biz who loan'd hydraulic jacks, manifold, & steel beams,,, this ain't typical diy work, mark ! ! !

while you only have to raise the lift 1/2", its sure a whole helluva lot easier reading about it than doing :thumbup:

jomama45 06-20-2009 08:45 PM

I agree with Yes, I mean Itsconc, it's not a DIY job. We did several years ago, & they where always lifted & excavated by someone else. The beams, cribbing, demo & excavation always seemed far more complicated than laying a block foundation. If you were to hire this out, I wouldn't be suprised at estimates well over $50,000.

BTW, YES, do you suddenly have an alter ego or what?!:eek:

Suzuki91vx800 06-20-2009 10:11 PM

I dnow it is not diy friendly I dont have the equipment, but I know it can be done. all the technical work( like the actual lifting of the house because I know u want to do each point together) would be hired out by sombody insured, what I was looking for is some info on what all is involved other than the obvious stuff. if I have to do it my self I will thats why I am doing my research so I know what I will be getting into. I have seen it done around here a few times. what needs to be supported and would I replace the bad sil plate sections before or after or what...what needs to be done for preperation of having it jacked where can I find info on doing this? stuff like that. itsreallyconc who are your friends maybe they would be able to do this for me. also i was asking which would be better block or have it pored? Im thinking more like 20-30 g's

stadry 06-21-2009 03:34 AM

john & gary're both dead :( this was 30-35yrs ago,,, here's an interesting thought to me - UNLESS you own this fine home free & clear, undertaking this project may place your mortgage at risk - talk to your banker & atty.

what's involved ? ? ? excavation for supporting beams, getting the beams onsite ( hell, FINDING the beams ! ), cutting the electricity, gas, water, etc, having an inventory of 1,000 sawzall blades :yes:

i'd guess you'll need a bit more'n 30K 'fore you're done ! :huh:
another reason to be chummy w/your banker :thumbup:

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