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Advice on lifting a house

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I'm buying a 1967 house it needs alot of work. But the foundation on it is shifting and finally settling the house is shifting to the left. Was wondering how many screw jacks I need to jack it up. It's a 925 sq foot single story house. Looking to get some advice and help doing it.  I've done remodeling before buthe never jacking a house up.  So any help is welcome or links also. Would like to lift it bout 10 ins higher then it is right now.  And I'm redoing the whole foundation.and need to no how much support to put under the house also

 you want to lift the entire (post #211883, reply #1 of 12)

 you want to lift the entire house? if so you should not do it on jacks. I would say that you could lift a corner a few inches , repair the foundation on that section and then work your way around. On jacks you will be lifting very unevenlly not to mention the safety issues you need to be very careful with.

lifting the entire house the distance you are hoping for is something you should seriously look into having a house mover do. 

You need lots of cribbing, (post #211883, reply #2 of 12)

You need lots of cribbing, and ideally you should have beams you place under/through the house and lift the beams.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

That's wat I was planning to (post #211883, reply #3 of 12)

That's wat I was planning to do is crib the house but was trYing to figure out bout how many and how far apart to put them apart. I'm going to put one on each corner of the house and and trying to figure out how many I need to put through the rest of the house.  And how many jacks to do this 

That's wat I was planning to (post #211883, reply #4 of 12)

That's wat I was planning to do is crib the house but was trYing to figure out bout how many and how far apart to put them apart. I'm going to put one on each corner of the house and and trying to figure out how many I need to put through the rest of the house.  And how many jacks to do this 

That's wat I was planning to (post #211883, reply #5 of 12)

That's wat I was planning to do is crib the house but was trYing to figure out bout how many and how far apart to put them apart. I'm going to put one on each corner of the house and and trying to figure out how many I need to put through the rest of the house.  And how many jacks to do this 

the taunton server is so slow (post #211883, reply #7 of 12)

the taunton server is so slow you think you missed the post button - wait 10 or even 20 seconds, if you dont, you get this. 3 sec spacing

the taunton server is so slow (post #211883, reply #8 of 12)

the taunton server is so slow you think you missed the post button - wait 10 or even 20 seconds, if you dont, you get this. 3 sec spacing

the taunton server is so slow (post #211883, reply #9 of 12)

the taunton server is so slow you think you missed the post button - wait 10 or even 20 seconds, if you dont, you get this. 3 sec spacing

the taunton server is so slow (post #211883, reply #10 of 12)

the taunton server is so slow you think you missed the post button - wait 10 or even 20 seconds, if you dont, you get this. 3 sec spacing

the taunton server is so slow (post #211883, reply #11 of 12)

the taunton server is so slow you think you missed the post button - wait 10 or even 20 seconds, if you dont, you get this. 3 sec spacing

The other thing that happens (post #211883, reply #12 of 12)

The other thing that happens is that you enter your post & it seems to take, but when you hit the back arrow you're presented with the "Comment" screen again, with your comment still there.  If you were distracted (because response is so poor, eg) then you might think you'd never hit "Post" and do it again.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville