About the house with Henri de Marne : how to maintain, by Henri de Marne

By Henri de Marne

"For over 32 years, owners in the course of the US and Canada have trusted Henri de Marne to reply to their questions in his syndicated newspaper column, 'First reduction for the unwell House'. With this ebook, you will find the solutions everytime you want them. De Marne has up to date the entire solutions for this ebook, to mirror the newest in examine, fabrics, tools, matters, and tastes. the result's a complete manual Read more...

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And if mistakes are made, it’s probably easiest to fix them (and perhaps to hold the contractor accountable) when the house is new. The most common serious mistakes are improper backfilling of the excavation, including provisions for a working and long-lasting drainage system and grading of the soil—which should always slope away from the house. There are also unique problems with new foundations. They include taking precautions for proper curing of poured concrete walls or choosing the right size concrete blocks for the depth of the excavation (too often, 8-inch blocks are used for foundation walls deeper than 5 feet).

You haven’t said anything about the sunken patio onto which the column is now sitting. Is it cracked or did it settle in one piece and pulled away from the house? This is not a job for a homeowner unless you have the necessary skills and equipment. You may want to contact a mud-jacking contractor (look in your Yellow Pages under Concrete Contractors and call them to ask if they do mud-jacking or can tell you who does). However, the installation of a new footing is another matter and it may be difficult to provide under the circumstances.

The basement and wall remain completely dry. I want to caulk this crack with a waterproof compound; what should I use? A. Don’t! This would prevent it from closing, if you did it when the crack is widest, and it would open right up if you did it when it is at its narrowest. What you should do is to prevent the soil from applying so much fluid pressure on the wall. Look for low areas against the foundation and add clean dirt so the grade ends up by sloping away at the desired rate of 2 inches per horizontal foot for as far back as 6 to 8 feet, if there is enough foundation wall showing to permit it.

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