Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sagging Floors -Pt. 2

In my previous post, I shared with you the problems we were having with our equipment shed.  Here's how my boys decided to proceed with our building repair.

After going back to some of the men in our body for counsel, we visited the local hardware store to determine what was available and what things cost.  For us, a repair usually requires planning and saving.  We have no desire to accumulate debt to accomplish our projects so we determine the best course of action, price the supplies and then often have to wait several weeks or sometimes months to have the necessary funds to complete the task.  Fortunately, this was an inexpensive fix and we only had to save for a couple of weeks.

The first thing the boys had to do was jack up the sagging floor.  They did this with our hi-lift jack.  If you have a homestead, you must have one of these jacks....this is a non-negotiable.  We use it constantly!  They usually run about $100 but you can sometimes find them for less.

The boys placed the jack in an area where they had removed the floorboards and jacked the floor up to the proper level.

Next step was to find a new way to support the floor.  The boys decided to go with deck footers.  These were not very expensive (about $6 each).  They are a block of cement with a "valley" down the middle...perfect for laying the supporting floor board down that "valley".

The boys placed paver sand under each footer to help keep it level and stable.  It only took a few bags of paver sand for our project. Here they are placing the sand before adding the next footer.

They continued down the wall - adding a footer for each cross beam. You can see the hi-lift jack on the right in this picture - it's the tall red piece of metal.

Once they had all of the footers situated under each support beam for the floor it was time to slowly release the jack so that the boards ended up on top of the footers - and settled properly in that little "valley".


Now...time to replace the flooring and take care of the other small problems.   Part three will cover those finishing touches.


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