Jack the whole house up (slowly and carefully) and build a single course
block wall with grouted (filled) cores under it. A little refinishing
inside and your water problem is fixed and you've gained ~8" of ceiling
height as well. Also rent a concrete grinder and grind the outside
concrete to a reasonable 1/4" per foot slope away from the house.
In least to most order...looked at the pictures; a wide view of the
overall layout of the lot, etc., would be more useful, but--
A) cut the slab at the house and about a foot or so back and remove.
Dig drainage, install drain tile and gravel, cover w/ decorative rock to
B) cut slab and remove entirely. Regrade lot to level of leaving 8" or
so below present grade and re-landscape. Probably practical only if is
sloping lot overall which can't tell w/o wider view.
C) separate plumbing and electrical and raise house. Pour or lay block
footer to get height. Set back down and reconnect utilities, etc., ...
D) if like the area (and since is unlikely I'd think you'd be able to
sell the existing house as is, unfortunately, at least for anything
other than give-away), raze it and use the slab (assuming has sufficient
footing under it) as base and as in C) pour the footings it shoulda' had
to begin with.
E) Or, just rip it all out to bare ground and start over entirely...
I can't help with the question but did you screw up the picture urls
or did Homeowners hub. They weren't links without rewirting on my
These are functional links, without the annoying /IMG
If the website insists on mutiliating link names, you'd be better off
reading Usenet directly, instead of though this webpage, which does
nothing more than copy what appears on usenet alt.home.repair
You can get a free news server from www.eternal-september.com and
there are free news readers in Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Sea
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Ok what you need to do is this.
The horizontal base timber will need to be replaced on a piecemeal basis.
Also the rotted vertical timbers will need to be cut back.
So you need to construct dwarf wall (ie two or three bricks high )with the
new base timber on top of it with a damp proof course between it and the new
bricks. This will stop the same thing happening again.
ie you can cut out the rotten timber and replace it with the new brick wall.
It will have to be done bit by bit supprting the floors as the rotten wood
is cut away. Should be possible to do an elevation at a time.
The job is not a big deal, any competent carpenter or DIY man could do it.
On Monday, August 5, 2013 10:35:24 AM UTC-4, harry wrote:
Yeah, that should be real practical. Go around the whole house, cut out
six inches of sill plate, wall studs, drywall, etc. Replace it with
brick. Then what? Install new drywall to the brick? What happens
when you come to a door?
Good grief! Supporting the floors? It's a house built on a SLAB.
LOL - Not a big deal? Any DIY guy can do it? It's likely that
someone following your advice did this to begin with.
The village idiot, once again.
Wow, that is a dumb design... I'm surprised it has lasted this long.
My in-laws house had a similar problem, where the basement extended out
under the front and rear porches. As you would expect, water leaked in on
the porches and rotted the sills, joists, and beams supporting the house.
We solved it by doing away with the porches and extending the house out
to the edge of the foundation.
You could probably do something similar by extending your house out to
the edge of the slab.
If you don't want to add square footage, you might be able to cut the
slab back an inch or two from the wall (as close as you can get with a
concrete saw). Then you could add strapping to the outside of the walls
so your siding could overlap the new edge of the slab. I would remove
remaining part of the slab outside and regrade the yard away from the
house. Or pour a new patio at a lower level, sloping away from the house.
The only other option I can think of would be to cut a trough around the
perimeter of the house and install continuous drains. These are often
installed in front of garage doors to keep water from running into a
garage when the drive slopes toward the garage. It wouldn't stop
splashback off the slab, and some water could still find it's way in
under the sill, but it would reduce the volume.
Tricky problem. Good luck!
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013 10:10:18 AM UTC-4, HerHusband wrote:
That last part is the key. Just extending the house out over the
rest of the slab won't solve the problem, because the wood would still
be right next to soil. And it would seem a lot simpler to just get rid
of the slab and re-grade instead of extending the house out.
The only unknown is if the terrain makes that difficult or impossible
for some reason.
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