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Big Work at the house – HOuse Leveling

So we’ve had a great deal of work going on. With this post I will just focus on the house leveling that occurred at the beginning of May.


We had the Valentine Corporation come in and help us.  A good friend James works for them and made sure we did things right, and sensible.  For $3300 we got the dining room leveled where it was sinking at the transition to what we call the Conservatory.  James and I went under the house and finally figured out what had happened.

When the house was built, the builders notched the floor joists that went from the eastern most beam across the foundation wall and on to the outside of the of the house for the portion of the room that is cantilevered our by about 2 feet.  It’s at this notch where the wall began to fail, and they had to go into the basement and put in some other peers and a secondary beam to support the load.  Well the peers that are there aren’t that deep and so they sank when there was some water intrusion there.

So James had his coworker Levi come in, and jack up the beam to a level position in the house and put in new posts.

We had lots of cracks, but we have a level floor!! Yeah!!

The best part is that we can now rehang the swinging kitchen door!

Here’s a few pics.

Cracks in the plaster

Cracks in the plaster


Levi getting it level

Levi getting it level

UHHG – Rain in the forecast

Looks like we have rain in the forecast for Vallejo – late Saturday night…. I hope that’s true and it holds off until the Dave the roof guy is finished!

UHHG - Rain

Roof Update!

I got a call from Dave Friday night saying he wanted to start repairing the roof (see related posts Roof Repair and Roofing Report – Material Sourcing Issues) this upcoming weekend!  Woohoo!

 Just spoke with him, he’s getting the material from the source in Colorado, and we’re splitting the difference of the cost.  So, when all is said and done, the roof repair is going to be $1300.  This will have the broken tiles repaired, and put a new roof put on the conservatory.

 $1,300 is a heck of a lot better than putting out $23K.  Since the remodel we’re planning in a couple of years will require the roof to be reconfigured to support adding a small amount of square footage, this defers that cost until then, but keeps us dry!