Slideshow: Prep for the New Wall

Temporary Support

To support the corner of the house while the foundation was being repaired, the crew first lagged LVLs into the wall studs. View original article.

Make Way for Footings

Before assembling the support for the needle beams that carried the weight of the wall, a crew member scored the concrete slab for the new footing with a concrete saw.

Beam Support

The crew inserted steel needle beams through openings they cut in the sheathing and supported them inside with double screw jacks that were adjusted to the necessary height.

Outside Help

Outside the house, the needle beams rested on solid cribbing.

Crumbling Foundation

The foundation walls in this corner of the building were in terrible shape and fell apart easily with an impact hammer.

Footing Dig

After tearing the existing foundation walls back to solid concrete, the crew began excavating for the footings.

Footing Trench

The crew dug trenches 12 inches deep and 24 inches wide for the footings, removing all the excess soil and debris in five-gallon buckets.

Rebar on Chairs

The new footing was reinforced with 1/2-inch rebar, which was tied to chairs pinned to the base of the footing trenches.

Two-Way Reinforcement

The rebar in the footing was wired to vertical rebar that extended up through holes in the existing sill plates (which would later be replaced), tying the footing to the concrete-block replacement foundation.

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