Ummm, run, run very fast. Run now.
Seriously, it must have foundations or it wouldn't stil be up.
I remember Fred Dibnah doing this to his house in his tv program. I think
you'll find the rods and plates are pretty much of a std size unless it's a
castle you're trying to shore up. The plates are about 1 foot in diameter (or
they can be crosses) and the rods are about an inch. Two in 8m sounds plenty. A
1 inch mild steel bar will withstand over 20 tons and there'll be nothing like
that sort of force pulling at your walls or they'd be down by now.
I read through the thread before posting and the bit about the front porch is
worrying. If the walls are bowing but not sinking and the porch is still
attached to the walls then the porch must be sinking or something else would
have had to crack. I think the porch could well be your problem.
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I'm not at all sure why women like men. We're argumentative, childish,
unsociable and extremely unappealing naked. I'm quite grateful they do though.
What are you waiting for - are you skint? a cheapskate? stupid? naeive?
Get a structural engineer in fast. It will cost around £175 to £400 or
so, for a visual inspection, initial prognosis and advice for further
inspection and/or cure.
The longer you leave it, the more chance of having to rebuild the wall
than using simple metal strapping.
I would get the engineer 1st - before involving your insurance co.. You
may not need, or want, to bother with insurance.
This is not Do It Yourself - you need the correct paperwork to satisfy a
surveyor when you sell.
Boy am I glad this is not my problem. The above advice is all sound.
Don't make a move until you have had good professional advice and don't
do anything until it all agrees.
A 30 year old house will be sitting on a concrete pad if there is no
rock to base a foundation on. It's pretty nearly total building practice
in the UK these days. Inspection is going to be a problem if you
have cavities that have been filled with heat insulation. Inspection
means taking a brick or block our of a corner and looking inside.
Obviously tere are high tech ways of doing it these days that do little
damage. I don't know what they are.
If the problem is not the foundations then it is almost definitely the
ties. The roof is pushing the wall outwards and the floors are holding
it all back; the joists are countering the force of the rafters only if
the walls are tied. Unfortunately, joists are not usually tied into the
walls but just rest in situ.
Once it has been established that you are in danger you may be forced to
leave. The house may even be condemned. I hope that doesn't happen to
you and if the bow isn't too serious this is all the more reason to get
it surveyed ASAP.
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Lovely. If you do rebuild, and need a shoulder to cry on, give us a
I also discovered I can do a good job on design, apart from the
structural bits, which I left to the architect..Someone asked me 'who
designed your house?' and after a lot of thought, I realised that how it
looks and how it works is entirely me, but how its built is 80% the
architect, 5% the structural engineers and 25% the blokes who built it.
Oh don't you worry - you're already on my list :-). Thanks.
There's a bit of me which would really like to rebuild - it'd be
nice to get exactly what we want, rather than a big compromise.
However, there's another (bigger) bit of me which would like to
save 80k. So I'm kind of hoping we're forced down the rebuild
route, but unless we have to, it's unlikely we'd do it.
The thing about our place is that the spot is perfect - 16 acres
of south facing slope, with the house slap bang in the middle of
it. That's why we were quite happy to buy it despite the awful
state of the house.
The blue line is our boundary, and the pink dot in the middle is
the house. We've no intention of moving, so we just have to
figure out how best to use what we have - whether it's
rebuilding or fixing up the existing house.
Try a more tempting offer such as taking a model /helicopter and
flying it upside down over Grunff's fields. He doesn't have one of
those sit-on mowers and might welcome the grass being cut. ;-)
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