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Topic by Swedenrustick posted 01-08-2015 02:37 PM 6672 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-08-2015 02:37 PM


I’m new to this place but it seems like a good place to be.

Me and my wife are looking for a house to settle in.
She’s got a fre months ledt of school then we’re gonna move, hopefully to what’s to be our dreamplace.
We’re looking for something that’s not to expensive. Something that we can shape the way we want.
The plan is to be as selfproviding as we possible can be, in time.

Enough small talk ????

We have found a house that’s gonna need A LOT of work. It’s liveable but since when is that enough?

The main issue seems to be tja one. Corner of the house has sunk a bit (i don’t know the english word for that).
My first thought is that it should “only” be to jack the corner of the house up enough to put new cement under there, then lower it down on the new firm base.

Does someone here have experience in this and what is your opinion about it?

Like i said, we’re only looking now (on the internet) this house is located 1200 km from where we live now. So for us to be even considering going there to have a look we need to rule out if it’s a “mission impossible”

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01-09-2015 12:28 PM

Some pictures would be helpful.

There are many reasons to cause a section of a house to sink. The problems may include a long term water leak that has undercut the foundation, the house is on a slope and it has moved, to improper or poor foundations, bugs or rotting wood, collapse of timber or stone footings.

Foundations can be repaired but tend to be expensive, failure of the ground underneath is not easily repaired. If it is a case of a rooted beam that has failed, this can be repaired easily. There is also the fact that if the structure has stressed, fixing the failed part may be the easy part, fixing the parts that have since moved and or shifted may be expensive, it depends upon how much.

There is also the age of the structure which makes things more difficult to fix. Some of the buildings in Europe may be several hundred years old and can have had many remodels and changes over the years. I would guess that most of them were done poorly – all these things will need to be fixed as a matter of your repairs. I am not saying to not do it, just make sure you have a good idea of what you are getting into – and have fun with it. When you are done, you may have a wonderful place that you will live in for years.

-- Love woodworking and fixing most anything

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Dan Lyke

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01-09-2015 02:19 PM

My Dad did this when I was a kid, a house built around 1790, stacked rock foundation, I don’t remember why it was sinking but it was probably sinking slow enough that that was an option. Or he added enough more concrete to give the foundation more to stand on.

But as dbray45 points out, the important thing is to figure out why it’s sinking: You can jack up the sills and put more stuff in there, but if the foundation’s going to continue to slump you’ll just be chasing it down.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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06-08-2018 02:46 PM

Do you have photos to show what it looks like? I agree that it might mean there’s a water leak. I’d have a professional come to your home and check it out.

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