I just got my house to find that the whole center beam is rotten and all I have
is a crawl space so I have to replace the whole beam its to rotten to jack it
they are 2x10 borads on 4 concrete pillars and a concrete floor its a 2 story
house how can I lift this save thank you
If you just bought this house , you may have recourse on the seller .
Something like this structural deficiency should have been obvious to him
... if you had the house inspected and the inspecter missed it , he's
probably liable . Or you could be just plain screwed . A whole lot depends
on the circumstances , your contract , and the laws in your area .
Then you are responsible for the whole repair. Should have checked
before you bought. Hope you didn't pay too much.. You will likely need
to put support beams under the joists with jacks - on both sides of
the beam. You will need to open up the foundation on one end so you
can pull the bad beam out and put the new one in. I suspect you will
require professional help on this job.
I agree with what Terry says, but in any case, it can be repaired.
Many ways to add support with laminated beams or even steel. Not being
able to see it, I cannot say what is best. Get someone familiar with
this type of work to check it out.
Yes, you need help. This is a pretty advanced project for DIY. Doesn't
sound as if you are up for the job. Time to call the pros and get some
estimates. I've not seen your house but it sounds as if you will need to
support the whole house on jacks and then replace the rotten wood. Also ,
fix the water problem.
|I just got my house to find that the whole center beam is rotten and all I
| have is a crawl space so I have to replace the whole beam its to rotten to
| jack it they are 2x10 borads on 4 concrete pillars and a concrete floor
| its a 2 story house how can I lift this save thank you
I would guess that if you're adventurous you
can start by putting temporary beams on either
side, to hold it all up while you replace the main
beam. If you're less adventurous you might want
to call either an experienced house builder or
Another big problem is that usually that main beam also has a load bearing
wall on top of it . He's going to have to take the load off that wall as
well , It MIGHT be better for him to support the bottom floor from the crawl
space , then support whatever the LB wall holds up with supports directly
above those . That should keep the house from imploding while he replaces
the beam . As someone above noted , he may have to bust a hole in the
foundation to insert the new beam . Since it runs from pylon to pylon , he
may be able to replace it in sections .
And address the drainage problem that caused all this to begin with .
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