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Crooked house

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I have a 100 year old house with a drooping pier and beam foundation and is also leaning to one side (along the long axis).  I know how to fix both of those problems.  Just mentioned them as I expect they relate to the problem I have not figured out how to fix.

Along it's long axis the foundation has shifted at the center (the north wall of the house is convex and the south wall concave.  the shifting is parallel with the floor joists.  Any ideas on how to correct the problem?

I am currenly leveling the foundation and will straighten the lean next.  Unless there are other ideas I plan to tackle the ascue walls last.

I would assume that some of (post #207350, reply #1 of 5)

I would assume that some of the piers are tilting?  How tall are you piers (above ground level)?  What are they made of?

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The piers and supporting (post #207350, reply #4 of 5)

The piers and supporting beams appear to have been re-worked at least once.  New support has been added under the beams (replacing the original cedar stumps)  In the area of concern, the north foundation wall is now a poured foundation stem wall (essentially on top of the ground) and has tilted in the direction to the curvature of the of the north wall.  The south wall foundation is poured concrete pads beneath each floor joist and the joist appear to have been pulled toward the north with varying amounts of support on the pads. 

some numbers would help... (post #207350, reply #2 of 5)

Just how askew are the funky walls? Like in inches per feet or some such measure.


I have not measured it but (post #207350, reply #5 of 5)

I have not measured it but would estimate no more than six inches at the mid poiint of a 45 ft. long wall.

I have a similar problem, and (post #207350, reply #3 of 5)

I have a similar problem, and my house is only 18 years old (1994)! I'm going to be opening up the floor once a bit of spring arrives so it doesn't freeze me out. My best guesses are dry rot due to water damage under master BR on 1st floor, and carpenter ants. I doubt the tilt can be corrected; I just want to stop it from progressing further.



". . . and only the stump, or fishy part of him remained."