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As part of a major gut-renovation project on a historic Brooklyn row house, contractor Jose Maldonado and his crew excavated a new, lower basement space. The tricky part: buttressing the shared foundation walls that support neighboring homes along with the project house.
A steep slope and a tight lot call for some imaginative foundation solutions.
Q: I am rehabbing an old two-story balloon-framed house with a crumbling limestone foundation. I need to jack the walls slightly to repair the foundation. The floor joists rest on a 2-by leveling plate, and the 20-foot-tall studs are face-nailed to the sides of the joist ends (see illustration)...
A foundation contractor describes the shoring techniques that make his replacement jobs safe and profitable.
A high-end remodeler describes the finer points of tearing out: from hand-holding and bidding to shoring and jacking.
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