Originally Posted by russstevenson1
. . . . I do not claim to be an expert. If I was an expert, I wouldn't be seeking advice from this forum. I am a poor man with very limited means and I can't afford to pay a lifter $10k to lift the house. . . . .
. . . .I was told by an architect that the best base for concrete is undisturbed sand. . . . . and make the pads thicker than my original 4". . . . .
. . . .I might talk to the engineer, but I might not. They are very expensive and tend to over engineer things - liability issues, I think.
Just a few thoughts, Russell--
1. Better to be a poor man than a dead man. Please be very careful in this endeavor.
2. Relying on an architect for engineering advice is not a good idea. They are paid to make things pretty, not to make them safe. And a 4" pad is not a pad, it's a sliver, with your jacks likely to punch right through.
3. Every professional engineer is required to take an oath, saying he/she will use their education and experience to safeguard the public, and protect them from all harm. In the vernacular, some of us engineers refer to it as protecting people from themselves.
You don't want to become a statistic for the sake of saving a few dollars. Be very careful out there.