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Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-03-2002 at 19:45:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well the guys who were doing the dirt work showed up a day early!! So I have been working with them all day and just got in. We got the site all level and cleared and sloped for drainage all the way around it. We dug a 425 ft trench and tied into the water and I installed a phone line with cable to the barn for a 100 amp service. The freeze proof spickets are in and the wires are stubed up for the power and phone. The trench is coverd and graded real nice too. I had to cover the wires and pipe with some dirt by hand so they would not be damaged by back fill. That part was some real work!! The dozer did the rest. It made for a nice day of work. Guess who drove by and did not stop? The inspector!! He just looked over as he drove by slowly and went on his way. He must have wanted to make sure I put the barn where I said I was going to put it. The builder will start on the 18 of May and said it would be all done in a week. So I am real happy now! Mark H.

Sammie    Posted 05-03-2002 at 20:42:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like all is going well, Mark. That's cool. When it is done, you have to take some pics of it so we can see it.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-03-2002 at 20:49:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I will take a picture of the dirt work tomorrow and post. Thanks for the comment. Mark H.

Sammie - would you like to see MY pics?    Posted 05-03-2002 at 22:21:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
could use some advice. This is a repair that was supposed to have been fixed BEFORE the contract was signed to buy my home last fall. This is what I woke up to this morning when I hired a REAL contractor to put in a prehung door. Now I just want to know which head to put on the block to pay for this mess.

Mark H. Guys take a look at these!!!    Posted 05-04-2002 at 07:52:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Am I wrong with my post below? Mark H.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-04-2002 at 07:50:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
WOW Sammie you have some real problems there!!!!! Was this house inspected before you bought it? Did you buy it as is? You have some exstream dry rot problems. Your flooring must be ready to cave in. It looks like they added the concrete later after there wasn't any venting to get rid of the moisture from under the house. Your bottom plates are no good and the studs seem to be rotted in areas on the bottoms to (I think I see rock wool insulation). Did you just buy this house? In Washington they have to give a disclamer telling of these types of problems (no way they would not know they had them to). This house would have to be jacked up to get the floor joists at least 18 inches off the ground. Some of the joists might need replacing to. What your contractor is doing is not to code!! That is just a tempory bandaid to some real problems! You would need to replace all the sills and rim joists along with the bottom plates on the walls that hold the studs in the walls. A repair like that including new concrete fottings and stem wall would cost more then the house would be worth. I would go back on the seller and sue them to get out of that sale! I would want all my money back too. It looks like you were frauded in this sale if they said the house was OK!!! You might even get sick from mold in the walls and floor that is growing. Is this a owner contract? I know a bank would not sign off on it. Fill me in a little on the sale and what state it is in. Mark H.

Ira    Posted 05-04-2002 at 08:11:55       [Reply]  [Send Email]
After I looked at the pics my first thought was get a lawyer,much as I hate the thought.Without a cellar there just ain't no cheap way to fix it.

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