I am planning to take pictures and make up a website. Upon using an
actual tape measure, it's 25 X 60. I was just guessing the first
time. The "swinging" side was only being held up by a few posts in
the center with one of the horizonal wooden beams pushing downward
toward the missing foundation and actually pushing the center beam
upward a tad. The problem corner was almost completely hanging on
that one beam, and the walls had separated 2" from the wooden 2nd
floor. That's where the old cloth covered 6 - 6 - 6 Service Entrance
cable entered, coming down the wall, and drilled thru the floor
timbers. I think that cable was holding the two together, because
since I put blocks under that corner, the electric cable is bulged
away from the wall about 3 feet up the wall. I disconnected the power
to that thing, and just ran a piece of 12-2 romex from the overhead
triplex wires for a temporary power source while I work there. (yes,
it goes into a small box with a single 20A fuse, which I stuffed
inside the upper part of the barn thru a knothole for now). Raising
that corner and blocking it, made a huge difference already. In fact
the opposite end of the building (the long way), the sill was lifted a
couple inches off the foundation, and is slowly settling back down.
I have not touched it since I raised that corner. I am just letting it
settle back into position, (plus we had a bad rain storm and it's too
muddy to work). Anyhow, now the whole barn swings to the lowest end
and is off about 15" in that end, and nearly level on the other. As
soon as the mud dries, I want to get a large timber under that corner
and then proceed to build a cement block wall on that short end. On
the long end, I might just build a few cement piers and fill in the
reat of the wall with treated wood. By the time I buy all the blocks,
or buy all the wood to make concrete frames, I may as well just make
the wall out of treated wood. Of course plans might change as I get
into it. Who knows, I might even rebuild part of that wall using the
old rocks. I got to do something with them !!!
Which reminds me. If I use those rocks, would it be better to use a
straight portland cement sand mix, rather than mortar? I want it
strong, dont care about appearance, and portland seems stronger.
Thanks to all
I don't think it makes much difference in your application. If you want
stronger mortar, just add a little more cement. The primary purpose of
the lime in the cement is to make the mortar stickier, so you can butter
blocks and not have the mortar fall off while you set the block. A rock
wall is not a brick wall, it is a concrete wall with really, really big
aggregate. In fact, if your rock is pretty irregular, you might mix
your grout out of turkey grit rather than sand. I dunno what is
available in your area.
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