It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane … No, It’s my House!


WEEK 5 STARTS WITH A BANG! Mission accomplished – now the time intensive work can begin.

After spending more than a week preparing the house it was ready for the big lift.  Ever so slowly, one wooden beam (about 6 inches) at a time, the house was lifted.  A wooden beam (also known as cribbing) was inserted at every pressure point, then lifted another 6 inches, etc., until the predetermined height was reached. Total time: about 5 hours for this portion.

PICTURE GALLERY: 

House pulls away from the foundation

House pulls away from the foundation easier than you might think

Before

Before: Holes cut into the foundation and steel beams were gingerly inserted.

After ...

After: House lifted straight up; note the white trim in each picture. The foundation wall, in our case, had to be knocked down.

Before ...

BEFORE …

After

AFTER

Our boys checking out the site

Checking out the site

The door over their heads used to be one step from the garage floor.

Standing under the house. The door over their heads used to be one step from the garage floor.

Back of house: Before

Back of house: Before

After

After

ALL THE CRIBBING IS IN PLACE: Note the cribbing that’s been placed to buttress the steel beams that support the house. The house is finally out of the path of a flood. Can I get a “hell yeah!” However, the lift is actually the easy part of this job. Next our construction crew has to come in to rebuild the foundation walls which should take about 3 weeks. Then, Payne Construction, our lifting company, returns to remove the steel beams and lower the house about a foot onto the new foundation.

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