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.
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.