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Old 03-17-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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I constructed an addition to my existing house 4 years back.

Everything is to the standard and tested and received Council certificate.
Recently i have noticed one of my door sticked to the door frame. Through out the last 12 months I have planed the door several times . Still door is hard to close and open need to plane it again.

I feel the whole foundation has sunk by few MM. No other cracks and bends. there are two door in the same direction, both do the same, Is there any suggestions how to prevent this.
I can go the under house, house is built on top of the piles.
Can I stop this by installing more bracings?


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Old 03-17-2013, 06:20 AM   #2
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bracing won't but foundation supports will might have low weight bearing issues so i'd get a pro - engineer 1st, tho


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Old 03-17-2013, 08:18 AM   #3
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Post a picture. Hard to suggest a fix to something we can not see.
Exactly where is the door sticking?
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:31 AM   #4
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if you go under the house directly below where the door is you will see the support for that area and make the determination from what you see under. it could need a column added or may need to fortify a pre existing column because it is sinking into the soil. I've found roots under houses affecting columns and water flowing under houses causing ditching around columns and cracking red clay backfill is one of the worst for house settlement, so there is no telling what you will find...

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Old 03-17-2013, 10:56 AM   #5
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you can try many things to see if they work, spend time and money on suggestions made

my money would be on hiring a professional engineer to come to your home and evaluate the structure. they can determine what is going on and plan a proper course of action. this way when you go to fix it you'll do it once and save some time and money.

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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Replace a couple of the top hinge screws with 2 1/2-3" screws and see if that picks the door up before you call out the Engineers.


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