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thedoityourselfer
Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved

Hello, we live in my grandparents home it was moved about 40 years ago to a nearby location about 2 lots away. From what we know it has piling in the footing foundation. It seems to be settling because we are having numerous cracks in our walls and ceiling. What type of contractor would be the best to talk to correct the problem? Thanks for your help.

MLB Construction
Re: Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved

i would make my first stop to see a structural engineer and have him take a look at it. after his assessment you'll know what needs to be done and then you'll be in better shape to pick the right kind of contractor.

let us know what he says.

thedoityourselfer
Re: Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved

We have already had a structural engineer come in and this what was his opinion, can anyone with any expertise comment on how they would handle this.....such as who would be best to contact with these type of problems?

The 2nd floor or cape with large dog house dormers in the front and back have cracks in the walls and ceiling.
The first floor system consists of 16" O.C. with actual 2.0" x 7-7/8" floor joists. These joists span 11'. The 2.0" x 7.875" are 24" O.C. This is acceptable for a 40 psf floor live load. The girder system appears to be properly supported.
The steel jack posts in the crawl space of the home were added after the home was moved from another location and set up. The added jack posts were due to the apparent settling of the home with the intent to further stabilize the home.
In one area of the bathroom floor, some rotting of the wood floor joists/deck has occurred. This needs to be cut out and reinforced with solid new floor joist. Scab the new joist on to the old one with the same size lumber and to sister the current section by gluing and nailing for 2 feet past the cut off spot of the old one.
Regarding the deterioration of the perimeter rail on the outside walls; a treated 2 x 8 should be cut and placed between the joists to assure adequate support of the wall above.
The exterior grade needs to be sloped away from the home to minimize water from leaking into the crawlspace.
To reinforce the walls with cracks, it is recommended that 1/4" or 3.6 mm thick luan be glued and mechanically attached to the existing locations of the cracks. Since this is best completed by placing the luan on the entire wall for a smooth finish, you may want to consider this. This would also apply to the ceiling. The luan reinforcement of the walls should not be completed until any rework is completed of the jack posts or rework of the wood floor joist/deck.

MLB Construction
Re: Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved

sounds like standard work for any good contractor. it's certainly nothing very difficult. best way to find one is to ask friends/family, if nobody knows one you can ask at your local lumber yard or ask your local building inspector. remember to get more than one estimate and check references, check references, check references.

dj1
Re: Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved

A rough framer can tackle this too.

But like MLB said, checking the contractor's references is the key.

thedoityourselfer
Re: Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved
MLB Construction wrote:

sounds like standard work for any good contractor. it's certainly nothing very difficult. best way to find one is to ask friends/family, if nobody knows one you can ask at your local lumber yard or ask your local building inspector. remember to get more than one estimate and check references, check references, check references.

Don't happen to know of a good contractor in North Central Indiana, do ya" ? ;)

MLB Construction
Re: Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved

start with either a nearby lumber yard (not one of the big box stores) or ask your local building inspector. he knows who does good work and who does bad work.

thedoityourselfer
Re: Problems with 100 year olf house that was moved

Thank-you all for your help, I will take your advice. :)

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