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Raising up a garage
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eb    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:04:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a 23'*25' garage I'm going to start useing as a little barn. I'd like to raise it up 2'with 3 courses of 8" blocks. Any ideas on lifting the building? Structure is good, I just want to get more ceiling hieght and be able to wash the walls without having to worry about rot. Also, it'll be cool. Thank you for any input.

Willy-N    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:10:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would use beams under the trusses for the roof after I used Huricane clips on both sides of each truss conecting them to the top plates of the walls. Then frame down inside and attach the framing to the walls every so often. With the inside wall about a ft plus off the floor I would put about 8 - 5 ton bottle jacks around the building and raise it a little at a time all the way around on a day with no wind and have plenty of blocking material to support it with. It is not a easy job to do right. You can pop siding off and distort the building real easy if you go to fast raising it more on one side than the other. Take your time and watch what you do. Have another person there as a safty look out for things going wrong. Mark H.

Willy-N    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:23:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I forgot cross bracing to keep the door frames from spreading in or out. Your sideing should keep the walls from racking. I would use a couple of come/alongs to hold the building bottom from spreading going from side to side just for another saftey back up. Don't forget to put several braces to keep it from colasping in also in line with the come/alongs. Good Luck! Mark H.

Alias    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:34:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, I don't know if the hurricane clips are the same but, I would run some 45 deg struts at all four corners at about 3 positions to hold the the building square. Your advise about jacking it slow and as near level as possible is the most important. If it get a little too far from level, stresses will occur and with very little wind or weight shift, it could wind up as a big pile of firewood....gfp

Willy-N    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:44:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wind could make a real mess of things real fast! Huricane clips we have here for wind up/lift codes are metal brackets that nail into the truss and into both top plates on the wall. If plywood is used on the sheeting it should be nailed to the studs, bottom plate and top plates. That way it becomes one structure and the roof is not just sitting on the wall. Very important on high wind areas!! You would be suprised on older building how things were done if not inspected and the roof just realy sits on the walls or is jut cross naild to the top of the wall. The code here calls for them every other truss, I put them on every one and had a 75 mph wind test the open roof and it held! Mark H.

Alias    Posted 04-01-2004 at 09:17:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark, I saw a thing on "This Old House" Where the builder ran some steel rods anchored in the foundation concrete up throught the first and second floor to the top of the header plates. There he installed large steel washers and nuts to the threaded rods. I suppose that system and those hurricane brackets would go a long way toward wind protection....gfp

Willy-N PS    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:49:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is not a job for someone who does not understand the construction of a building to do. It can all come crashing down real fast if you do it wrong and maybe get someone killed! Heck of a way to practis doing it wrong! Things can explode at the wrong time when put under stess with a lot of weight!! Mark H.

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:08:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hydraulic jacks or a very good crane?

eb    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:20:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a skidsteer and acouple of tractors to use. Maybe some beems going thru the center with planks all the way around the inside about 2-3' off the ground wiyh the beams right under, and lift up on the beams?

Grove r    Posted 04-01-2004 at 08:06:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds good on the beams and jacks, Eb...'nother thought on structural integrity.....useing two bys or even one bys, nailed diagonaly to the studings on the inside walls, all the way around, and espedialy accross the big door/s, will keep the building more ridgid when lifting, and can be taken down on completiion, Also, if you have windows, take them out first, saves a lot of potential breakage.... adjo, R.E.L.

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:22:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds feasible...but I'd go real slow and careful with any set-up you go with. Rushing a job like that can have lousy results.

eb    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:34:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks, It'll be fun and interesting. The family thinks I'm nuts!! I should start in 2-3 weeks. I'll keep ya posted.

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:37:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pictures man....give us pictures too!!! LOL!! oh yeah...BE CAREFUL!!

eb    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:50:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
You got it!!! Ahh, Safety Shmafety

Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 07:57:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wished ya lived near me....I'd love to give ya a hand on that one....after working on tractor's fer the last 5 months I'm ready fer sumpin different! LOL!

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