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Old 05-18-2006, 06:26 PM   #1
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I am having some issues with putting a mechanical closet off the back off my house. So i dug down next to the foundation to see exactelly how it was built. I got down about 3 feet and found the bottom of the foundation wall and it doesn't appear to be any footings. Is this possible that the foundation could of been done like this. I have lived in the house for a few years and have not noticed and sinking or settling problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Do you live in a climate where the ground freezes?

If you live in a climate that has snow then the footing needs to extend below the frost line (about 4 feet)

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All structure foundations and foundation freezewalls should have 'footings', regardless of the height.

I don't know what to tell you about the rest of your house...

I'm not a foundation expert but have been around them enough during form construction and pouring....we do the building and permit parts...footings always present...

Try asking at the Contractors Talk Forum in the MASONRY discussion.

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How can you tell there is no footing? Did you dig under the bottom of the edge more than 4 inches?
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I think this poster lives in a slab house therefore it is probably a monolithic slab.

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If he dug down 3 feet - that is very close to what a footing on a slab is supposed to be. It's 42 " in Ohio - not sure what it is where he lives.

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