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Old 06-01-2014, 05:48 PM
 
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I would go with an independent structural engineer for a real report. Foundation companies have a vested interest in fixing foundations. Engineers- if not tied to a foundation company- are certified and qualified to give options and informed opinions.

Pier and Beam is superior in only that it's easier to access for repairs and the depth of the piers provide more resistance than a slab. Downside is some feel a slab feels more 'solid' underneath the foot.

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Old 06-01-2014, 06:49 PM
 
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I would go with an independent structural engineer for a real report. Foundation companies have a vested interest in fixing foundations. Engineers- if not tied to a foundation company- are certified and qualified to give options and informend opinions.

Pier and Beam is superior in only that it's easier to access for repairs and the depth of the piers provide more resistance than a slab. Downside is some feel a slab feels more 'solid' underneath the foot.
And for people with back or foot problems, pier and beams can be a godsend. I've had back and foot problems almost my entire life and my house's foundation helps out with those a lot. When I visit homes on slabs and spend a lot of time on my feet, I can definitely feel it the next day. It hurts a LOT.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:36 AM
 
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Bought this foreclosure house in 1996 when it was already 20 years old. I knew it was crooked, and that several doors didn't latch properly and also that there was a prominent 3/4" sag over two 24" door casings. This was due to ineffective pier/beam support in one section plus years of settling.

After another 17 years, I finally got around to having a house mover install a couple of new 18' four-ply lapped 2x10 girders which are supported upon sixteen new 24"x18"x8" poured-concrete pads. Three guys worked 5 whole days in a cramped and dusty 24" high crawl space to build the girders, cut them to fit around existing pipes and ducts, dig holes, pour the concrete, place the blocks, jack and shim the joists. Every day, I provided Bud Lite refreshments at "beer-thirty".

The cost was $4400 + beer.

In the ensuing year, I have fully renovated a Jack & Jill bath sitting directly over the newly shored-up area. I have installed over 100 square feet of PEI 6 ceramic floor tile, fixed the cracked sheet rock, installed new doors, installed two granite counter tops. Nothing has sagged any more in a year.

In sum, the foundation work was relatively SIMPLE and cost less than the bath renovation.

Note: if you have pier/beam and you have some leveling work done, tell the contractor you want them to use leveling shims. If future leveling tweaks are needed, it's a simple, fast and inexepensive matter to adjust the shims.
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