|Our house just waiting for the lift|
|Scoring the block for a clean break|
Talk about being thrilled! I quickly called Eric who was over 150 miles south on a work appointment. Thankfully, he was just finishing up and was able to hit the road.
|Here you can see the steel and the shims|
The crew was kind and actually waited an extra 15 minutes for Eric to get back. He drove in and we all went to the front of the house were the engine and control board were connected to all the jacks under the house.
|Jacks were connected to the control board with pressure hoses|
John (the foreman) explained that the first foot would take the longest and then a little shorter time for each subsequent lift. As he talked, he was turning the control that started the lift and before we even realized it, the house was already an inch away from the foundation.
|Even our chimney was scored and braced|
The crew ran around the house and checked to see how the separation worked. Some of the blocks broke away at the scoring marks but other broke away below along the seam between blocks. Thankfully, all the breaks were at or below the marked line.
The lifting continued until the house was almost three feet higher than it has been for 63 years. The next couple of hours, the guys crawled under the house and set pilings and shims to take the strain off the jacks.
|Three feet up! (approximately)|
So now, we think the rest of the lifting will happen tomorrow, a whole week before schedule!
|Now the whole balance is off!|