Jason Fultz

Recently we were hired to frame a new 3,000-square-foot house, but before we could get started we had to fix some serious problems with the block foundation. The mason who built it apparently had a broken level, because the interior bearing walls were at least an inch higher than the perimeter walls, which were neither level nor square. The project GC had hired a second mason to remove the top block course and level the foundation, but without much success: When we arrived on site and checked his work with our transit, the foundation was still out of level by as much as 1 1/2 inches. Anxious to get started, we decided we could correct these problems with some creative framing.

Using the longest foundation wall for reference, we found that one foundation wall was out of square by 2 1/8 inches over about 33 feet, while the opposite wall was out of square by nearly 3 7/16 inches over about 45 feet. The short offset wall sections at the front of the house were out of parallel with our reference wall by about 1 1/4 inches...

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