Porch alignment

I have a problem with the porch roof and supporting pillars...
http://i27.tinypic.com/2exu9ma.jpg
they lean slightly to the right...
politically... it's no problem...
but esthetically... I need a fix...
any ideas?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Just try jacking the house on the low side with bottle jacks and a piece of I beam. Alternatively, you can get a tripod and level the camera.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Ed Pawlowski wrote:

Snap
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Clot wrote:

Hard to tell from the skewed picture, but it does look like one porch pier settled, or the other one (with the failed stucco) has frost-heaved. Need to stare at it awhile in person, and make use of a 4-foot level, maybe a water level, and some big marbles, to figure out what is going on. Porch may need jacking on one corner, and a pier rebuilt or shimmed, depending on condition.
-- aem sends...
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

....SNARF!!! thanx.....
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:30:38 -0500, Illinois Bob

Well I see it clearly. The right front top is to the right of the right rear top.
And the center front post leans a little relative to the door frame.
I have very little experience, but I'm not sure how a bad pier would cause this. But what do I know.
I would measure it carefully and precisely and check every year or 6 months to make sure it's not getting worse. I'd measure dimensions and the verticality of the posts. I'm not sure which would show a change first, but I'd try to measure as many things as I could in a reasonable amount of time.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

yur right... I don't think a bad pier would cause this.... I don't know how long this thing has been leaning... it's a recent discovery... however, it has to be corrected and i'm still in the dark...
there's a giant tree just to the left and I'm tempted to tie a belt to it and to the far end of the porch pillar and tighten till it's 2 inches on plumb..... mebby I'm simplyfying this a tad.... but I think it'll work... with some shims stuck in of course...... but what do I know.... I'm just a phone man....
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Mon, 06 Jul 2009 21:27:37 -0500, Southern Bob

And you'll leave it that way? That might work. I thought of putting a cable and turnbuckle in from the left top rear to the top front right, and from the left front bottom to the top front right, but a) I don't know who to attach them well enough to actually pull hard enough, b) they would be ugly when left in place, c) if you wanted to remove them, I don't know how to keep the porch from going back the way it was (short of doing something triple ugly, much worse than a cable from a tree.).
The tree sounds better, if you have to fix this. I would do measurements as soon as possible. If you see changes in 2 months or by October, you'll think harder.

Call up the porch and ask it what's bothering it.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

I thought of that too... mebby hiding the gear in the attic of the porch.... might work.....

my brain hurts now... can't think what it's gonna be like in October
this is prolly the way it's been since day 1... mebby not... don't know if'n it's worth the bother....

heh!... ok.... ring ring....
thanks fer yur help....
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
On Mon, 06 Jul 2009 16:30:38 -0500, Illinois Bob

To outside observers-- but to the occupants they lean left.<g>

My guess is that the roofer leaned a ladder on the left side when all the sheathing was off. I think you'll do nothing good by trying to rack it back by brute force.
Do you have pictures of the roofing job- or before?
But I might throw a rope around the roof and tree and see how much it takes to wiggle the thing-- and if it goes back to its current position when pressure is released. [I'm talking fractions of an inch]
If I'm right- then leave it alone until you replace the roof- and re-do the sheathing.
And if it really bothers you- just re-box the posts with plumb boxes. I don't think there is enough problem there to create a dangerous situation. [*if* I'm right- that it is just racked to the right but the lumber is in good condition]
Jim
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Site Timeline

Related Threads

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.