Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Braley House Elevation Project : Construction Phase : Setting the Steel

Another load of cribbing and steel
Today was another dry day and Wolfe House and Building Movers worked hard breaking into our block foundation to lay the steel beams that they will use to act as the new foundation as the house gets lifted.

You can see the shims on top of the beam 

Each day I think they can't bring in any more steel beams or wooden cribbing logs but today first thing, the long truck pulled down our driveway with another big load. 

Our crawlspace is looking a bit breezy

I did a walk around before they started and then several times during the day. They measure and measure again and then use a massive circular saw to cut through the block if necessary or just hit it with a sledgehammer until the block gives way. Each opening has to line up with the next so that the steel sits evenly.

Setting steel for the garage

Even after they do all the work to slide the steel beams in, they spend a long time placing wooden shims of all sizes around the beams in the block openings.

Every steel beam is perfectly leveled
So now, the neighborhood is quiet again. I checked the weather and we still have a week of dry weather ahead so that will really help our project not only stay on schedule but also stay dry - remember we flood out very easily.

The house and garage will left together

I am looking forward to a whole new landscape around our house. As you can see in the pictures, not much of the old design is left - only a few hostas and daylilies trying to pop through here and there.

The control board has arrived!
From my perspective, it seems that we are ahead of schedule but I know that we still have a long way to go and complications could slow this lift down. I choose to look on the bright side. :-)

Only a few pieces of steel left