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Old 11-06-2012, 04:34 PM   #1
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Foundation Uneven, old home

I have an old home in Bisbee, AZ (Built 1916). The foundation is Post and Piller on the side of a mountain. Over the years, additions have been made to the original home by previous homeowners and the flooring in some rooms has settled below the original foundation.

Can someone direct me to a website or tutorial that explains how to jack up the foundation to make it level? I have the general concept and it is very straight forward. But something that goes into a little more detail about tools, supplies, shims etc... that are needed would be good to have.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:43 PM   #2
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This is going to be a something that that's dealt with on a case by case basis.
There is no one ansewer fits all on this one.

Soil conditions, type of supports, local codes, type and size of floor joist, insect or fungus damage and about a dozen other things need to be concidered. May want to seek some local help on this one.
Your welcome to post some pictures and we can all guess what may work, but nothings going to replace being on site to see it.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:11 AM   #3
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Yeah, what Joe said. There are simply too many important variables to consider that will drastically affect what advice is given. Your best bet is to round up 3 local foundation experts with a lot of experience and have them come out and give you an on site estimate of what it will take to properly restore your foundation for the long term. Don't be afraid to ask questions, or ask them why they are choosing one method over another. Also, get all estimates in writing and check references. There are plenty of amazing craftsmen out there with integrity and more skill than they know what to do with, but sometimes you have to wade through a sea of hacks to get to them. Just be thorough and make sure that you are completely comfortable with your decision before you hire someone. A foundation repair on the side of a mountain isn't something to be taken lightly.
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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The danger of post and pier construction is that, if posts or piers start to fail, it can be very dangerous. In perimeter and slab foundations, the weight is distributed very evenly, so a partial failure or crack is an issue, but not an immediate safety problem. In post and pier homes, the weight is concentrated on the individual spots, so if something breaks, rots, or shifts, that area of the house may start to sag. In extreme cases, a house may even crack open as the weight shifts across the remaining posts and piers,if i were you i'd have a civil engineer look at it,and whatever you do don't try repairing it yourself,it's just too dangerous.
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