House Lifting 1940 Construction - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Display Modes
Old 09-21-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

house lifting 1940 construction

I have to lift a 1940 constructed house, approx. 33 x 32 ft with no floor or joists. The walls are constructed of 4 inch x 8 foot long tamric timber, vertically installed. the floor and joists are completely rotten. The home has 2 walls inside running as load walls, same construction 4 inch tamric timbers on the vertical, creating a plus sign [ + ] inside. Any suggestions on raising all walls off the existing floor? The home is sitting on an 8 inch thick grade beam by 4 feet high, no footing.

Last edited by R Hirschfield; 09-21-2010 at 09:17 PM. Reason: correcting errors on information
R Hirschfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 09-21-2010, 09:16 PM   #2
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New York
Posts: 2,068
Rewards Points: 474

Do you do this for a living? This is definitely not a DIY project.
Jim F is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 09-21-2010, 09:36 PM   #3
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 20
Rewards Points: 10

Are you trying to raise this house to move it or only high enough to put a foundation or rebuild the floor?
What type of roof and shape?
eastside is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 09-21-2010, 09:39 PM   #4
Ole Wood Worker

BigJim's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Posts: 13,555
Rewards Points: 1,371
Blog Entries: 1

My crew and I did this very thing a good number of years ago to a house built in 1841. I can tell you it is very nerve racking not to mention very very slow and costly. It would be cheaper to hire some house movers to come out and raise it for you than to do it with hired help. This is JMHO.
New members: Please consider adding your location to your profile.

Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke.

If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always got.

BigJim is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to BigJim For This Useful Post:
jlhaslip (09-22-2010)
Old 09-22-2010, 12:30 AM   #5
jlhaslip's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 5,975
Rewards Points: 708

I'd second that...
Short of cutting off a body part, the worst that can happen in woodworking is manufacturing really nice looking kindling. --- Quoted from lenaitch
jlhaslip is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Old House Rewire finnimus Electrical 15 05-13-2011 10:39 PM
Foam Board on exterior of above grade house Sheldon General DIY Discussions 6 12-08-2009 04:05 PM
Moving a House 70 miles- Practical? GOTHICrevivalRULES Building & Construction 19 11-27-2008 08:58 PM
Brick and block house footer question. ourzoo Building & Construction 2 07-01-2006 02:57 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts