This is my first post on a great forum. I have read every post regarding floor leveling, house jacking, piers and beams. I have learned a lot from everyone's post, so thank you for that.
I am attempting a project similar to previous posts. I have a 1910 home and none of the floors are level. The house is supported with piers and beams that have seen better days. The floor joists are not much better. I only want to make things sound and a little more level.
Here's the situation.
There are 3 beams of 2x6 (doubled up in the center), floor joists are 2x6, and piers are 4x6 (some original and some poorly replaced). It's a dirt floor with some good and some make shift footings.
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Here's the plan.
1. Level the entire beams one at a time using jacks and jack posts.
2. Once the beam is level, sister 2x6 to both sides.
3. Pour footings for new posts.
4. Install new posts one at a time then move to the next.
5. Replace existing posts where needed (using a jack posts on each side of it during the replacement process).
6. Remove the jack posts.
7. Repeat on the next beam.
Do the same as above except on the outer 2 beams, support them using a pony wall since the basement is only dug out in the center with cement ledges leading to the foundation. This wall would sit vertically against the foundation ledge and on top of a freshly poured slab the entire length.
Here are the questions.
Advice from anyone that has done this before...
- Are there pros and cons to piers vs. pony wall?
- How much can you jack the beam each day without cracking it?
- What type of jack is best? And what rating?
- How many jacks do you recommend?
- Nails or bolts for sistering? And liquid nails?
- Pour my own footings or buy pre-made?
- Should I jack the (soon to be) sister beam into place so it's tight to the joists?
- Any lessons learned?
- Anything you'd do differently?
- Any tips or tricks?
Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences and knowledge. I am happy to be a new member and look forward to your replies.