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Old 07-11-2019, 08:35 AM   #1
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Nee Help Leveling Floor


Having a hard time keeping help.
Seriously, would anybody get near this? Was reading about ongoing New Orleans floods and found this in a FEMA article.
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:49 AM   #2
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Now that's a crib.
Really tough when that is all you own.

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Don't work on windy days. They have left about 3 ft for the foundation but building the walls will be tricky and you can't sheet them before you drop the house.
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Do you think any insurance company or bank will touch that at any stage?
And any contractor you bring onto the site must have insurance.

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It was a nice looking house.
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I couldn't find the date of pic.

Aside from how in the heck did they find folks to put another timber under it, I wonder how they raised it that much on New Orleans's very very soft soil with it most likely constantly sinking.


I lived in New Orleans in the '50s, by a levee. Pop was an engineer. We went to numerous construction sites where there they drove maybe 30' piles for any structure.


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Mississippi river and surrounding lower parishes like plaquemines (-10 sp) lose a football field of land every 90 mins. They've even removed names of some towns which are now submerged.


Anyway, I'm looking for a few good fools to get my floors level.
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Most excellent article in New Yorker mag.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1...23/atchafalaya


The magazine article had pics of actual USGS maps vs tourist maps in which land was not present.


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Mark Twain was forty-three. A book he happened to be working on was “Life on the Mississippi.” Through a character called Uncle Mumford, he remarked that “four years at West Point, and plenty of books and schooling, will learn a man a good deal, I reckon, but it won’t learn him the river.” Twain also wrote, “One who knows the Mississippi will promptly aver—not aloud but to himself—that ten thousand River Commissions, with the mines of the world at their back, cannot tame that lawless stream, cannot curb it or confine it, cannot say to it, ‘Go here,’ or ‘Go there,’ and make it obey; cannot save a shore which it has sentenced; cannot bar its path with an obstruction which it will not tear down, dance over, and laugh at. But a discreet man will not put these things into spoken words; for the West Point engineers have not their superiors anywhere; they know all that can be known of their abstruse science; and so, since they conceive that they can fetter and handcuff that river and boss him, it is but wisdom for the unscientific man to keep still, lie low, and wait till they do it. Captain Eads, with his jetties, has done a work at the mouth of the Mississippi which seemed clearly impossible; so we do not feel full confidence now to prophesy against like impossibilities. Otherwise one would pipe out and say the Commission might as well bully the comets in their courses and undertake to make them behave, as try to bully the Mississippi into right and reasonable conduct.”

Southern Louisiana is a very large lump of mountain butter, eight miles thick where it rests upon the continental shelf, half that under New Orleans, a mile and a third at Old River.
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