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Old Yesterday, 02:29 PM   #1
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Garage block pushed in from gradual pushing from freeze thaw.


Our detached garage has one wall that has about a 6 foot row of the second concrete block from the bottom block “pushed” in toward the interior a good 3-4 inches. We’ve lived here 20 years and it hasn’t moved more than probably half an inch since we bought the house but it IS moving nonetheless. I’m looking for a cheap fix. Could i just have someone hold a piece of 4x4 post against it while giving the post a few whacks with a sledgehammer? I’ll have plenty to do with French draining the exterior - which i could also use some guidance on. I’m just looking for something that’ll hold for maybe another 20 years. I don’t need to work too too hard, the lawn still needs mowed lol 🤷🏻*♂️ In all seriousness thank you for any tips or suggestions you might have.
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If you want a permanent fix, it might be better to remove it. Chisel and scrap away old mortar, and then reset with new mortar.


Hammering the block with a board over it, may break it. And even if it didn't, it will still be loose.
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Ayuh,.... I agree that beatin' 'em back into place would more likely smash 'em to bits,.....

Jackin' the wall enough to relieve the pressure would possibly make it viable,.....

Pictures would help, Alot,....
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no such thing,,, 'cheap fix' = hack patch,,, repair correctly or suffer consequences,,, otoh, since its yours, try the 'beat back into place' method,,, worst that can happen is the wall collapses
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Back in the 50's, my dad fixed our cellar wall that had pushed in by first digging out the outside wall to the foundation. He cut holes every 5' apart in the cellar floor along the footer. He then placed railroad against ties the wall and secured them to the top of the wall. He then went 4' and perpendicular away from the railroad ties and dug holes in the concrete floor to place old railroad jack to push against the wall.


Everyday he would jack each jack one click to slowly push the wall back in place. It took a couple of weeks but it moved the wall back to plumb. He back filled the outside wall with drain and drainage stone. He left the railroad ties in place and as of now the wall remained in place. He filled in the holes in floor with concrete and smoothed the surface.
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Ayuh,...... It could be an optical delusion,....

But it looks the the entire area in the picture, pitches right into the problem wall,......

Until you get rid of the water, there's no way to "Fix" anything,......
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That stair step pattern is many times an indication the footing has moved , which means an expensive fix.
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That stair step pattern is many times an indication the footing has moved , which means an expensive fix.
^^As the crow flies, or in this case Canary

You said its moved in 3-4 inches? Or the corner moved out? Looks more like 3/4" in the pic? Any rafter ties/celing joists been cut?
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