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Re: block house foundations


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Posted by RayP(MI) on January 09, 2013 at 06:58:40 from (207.241.137.116):

In Reply to: block house foundations posted by 41106 on January 09, 2013 at 06:35:00:

When we built our house, we back filled by hand, over several months, a little at a time. Even with all that care, we had several areas of failure. Fortunately my dad had run re-rod both vertically and horizontally in the block wall during construction. Had cut grooves in top of blocks to lay rod in, had it welded, for a continuous rod circling walls on several levels. Dropped rods in vertically, backfilled holes with concrete to secure rods. Threaded tops to bolt sills on. Even with all that care, the wall has structural problems from weight of soil pushing in. Fortunately, rods have held, and failure isn't currently an immediate hazard. I would recommend a plastic skirt tapering away from wall and drainage tile being installed to keep water, and moisture from the wall. That might reduce the weight load and soil pressure on the wall. If I ever have to do a basement wall, I'll consider alternatives to concrete block. And far more re-rod than anyone specifies!


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