In late 2007 I got a call from clients who had recently bought a 50-year-old home in Southeastern Pennsylvania. After moving in, they became concerned when they noticed that one of the main exterior bearing walls was leaning outward - in fact, it was a full 3 inches out of plumb over 8 feet. The home was built into a hillside; it had a walkout basement and also featured a cathedral ceiling that ran the length of the house over the main living area. A balcony off the upstairs bedrooms overlooked the living room. The leaning wall supported the rafters of the cathedral ceiling and also included a bump-out box bay along 20 feet of its length. Our task was to replumb and brace the wall with as little disruption to the home as possible.

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