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Old 03-04-2011, 10:35 PM   #16
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I talked with the builder and here is what he said. First, this area is sandy, not the expansive soil, so that it is common to place the columns on the concrete floor (with foundation piers underneath). Second, he was surprised the basement wasn't already finished. Finishing provides lateral support to the columns and I-beams. He said builders will often add a strap to support the column/I-beam (not sure exactly what he means yet). He agreed to stop by Monday and look at the problems and recommend solutions if necessary. He was careful to point out that he was making on commitment to fix or pay to fix it.

I do believe that the I-beam can be laterally supported so that it won't twist further. The out of plumb adjustable column still concerns me, thinking the skinnier adjustable screw is susceptable to failure if not plumb.

Of course, I will be skeptical of his comments and inputs. I have a friend with a friend that is a structural engineer professor that might be able willing to help me. If he agrees with the recommendations, I'll go with them. If I have doubts, I'll hire an engineer and proceed with your recommendations.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:50 PM   #17
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The company VP looked at my basement today (almost 14 years after building it). Regarding the twisted I-beam, he said the engineering solution his company has used in the past is to weld a triangle support to the I-beam bolted to the floor joist. Thoughts on using the floor joists to prevent further I-beam twisting?

He has offered to have his concrete guys come buy and cut the concrete floor around the columns to isolate the floor from the foundation pier/column. Thoughts?
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