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  1. #1
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    Thumbs down Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    I thought I would share a unique fix to a failed basement foundation wall in a home built in 1910.
    Only in Indiana? Probably not.

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    Default Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    That'll hold her!


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    Default Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    Something like a finger in a dike.

    Was the basement dug out after the house was built?


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    Default Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    It looks like the original wall system but could have been a repair on the outside. The outside block has failed along with this one. Quite a few of these old farms had an interior wall with shelf around the perimeter used as a cold storage or root cellar. It was strange in one corner there was an opening in the parging and there is a wood piece behind it. Not a good combination....like an Eat at Joe's sign for termites.

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    Default Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    I like to see pressure treated lumber used for the lean to support

    That "shelf" isn't designed for canned goods storage, just convenient. I saw a similar old house a few weeks ago with rusting pipes used for reinforcement in the foundation. There's a very good reason why they don't build 'em like they used to.

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    Default Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    You can tell they did not call in a Structural Engineer for Calc's! Before they performed the repair!

    Regards

    Fred Sweezer Sr.
    www.thelongbeachhomeinspector.com

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    You can tell they did not call in a Structural Engineer for Calc's! Before they performed the repair!

    Regards

    Fred Sweezer Sr.
    www.thelongbeachhomeinspector.com

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    Wink Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    Are those railroad spikes?


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    Default Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    Quote Originally Posted by Cale Cameron View Post
    Are those railroad spikes?
    They may look similar, but they are Foundation Brace Retaining Pins (patent pending), available from Powak Products for only $24.95 each.
    Note that they may look rusty and pitted, but that's actually a careful treatment that leaves them textured and coated in iron oxide, to enhance their bond and make them more visually attractive. This treatment alone is worth the price, as it takes years to apply.

    Send me the money and I'll arrange to get you some. Lots of a dozen get a 5% discount.

    For $200 I can also supply a specialized Foundation Brace Retaining Pin Insertion Tool.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cale Cameron View Post
    Are those railroad spikes?
    They may look similar, but they are Foundation Brace Retaining Pins (patent pending), available from Powak Products for only $24.95 each.
    Note that they may look rusty and pitted, but that's actually a careful treatment that leaves them textured and coated in iron oxide, to enhance their bond and make them more visually attractive. This treatment alone is worth the price, as it takes years to apply.

    Send me the money and I'll arrange to get you some. Lots of a dozen get a 5% discount.

    For $200 I can also supply a specialized Foundation Brace Retaining Pin Insertion Tool.



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    Default Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    Quote Originally Posted by gary carroll View Post
    They may look similar, but they are Foundation Brace Retaining Pins (patent pending), available from Powak Products for only $24.95 each.
    Note that they may look rusty and pitted, but that's actually a careful treatment that leaves them textured and coated in iron oxide, to enhance their bond and make them more visually attractive. This treatment alone is worth the price, as it takes years to apply.

    Send me the money and I'll arrange to get you some. Lots of a dozen get a 5% discount.

    For $200 I can also supply a specialized Foundation Brace Retaining Pin Insertion Tool.



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    They may look similar, but they are Foundation Brace Retaining Pins (patent pending), available from Powak Products for only $24.95 each.
    Note that they may look rusty and pitted, but that's actually a careful treatment that leaves them textured and coated in iron oxide, to enhance their bond and make them more visually attractive. This treatment alone is worth the price, as it takes years to apply.

    Send me the money and I'll arrange to get you some. Lots of a dozen get a 5% discount.

    For $200 I can also supply a specialized Foundation Brace Retaining Pin Insertion Tool.

    Lol! Nice one, Gary! The checks in the mail!


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    Cool Re: Quality Foundation Repair, Indiana Style

    In Indiana Jeff? You can bet on it. Many years ago I wired a small med clinic for a contractor.
    The building contractor pulled the E permit as I was out-of-state. The builder only had to be
    "bonded" for electrical work. I believe they had to test for the bonding originally.?

    During the inspection the E inspector asked about my qualifications. He laughed when I said I was
    a licensed Master E, that is until I produced my actual license.
    Seems such an idea was foreign to him. Pun intended.

    Jeff, did you call out the unused C E E?


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