A giant step towards our retirement and the start of our fulltime travels has been taken! This past Monday morning the crew to repair the foundation on the sticks and bricks arrived.
First thought? Wow all the money I am paying for these repairs and this is it? The crew arrived in a ton and a half truck pulling the above trailer. I don't know what exactly I was expecting, for the price maybe a bunch of heavy equipment, cranes, dozers and a battalion of hardened construction workers in hard hats?
No heavy equipment, or battalion of construction workers, just three guys with shovels, a heavy duty compressor, welder and a lot of steel piers with accessories.
However, all said and done, it was a hard working crew of three and it was evident this was not their first rodeo. They worked diligently to dig through roots, around gas lines and electric lines to achieve the depth needed to install the pier systems.
The contraption pictured above is installed underneath the foundation footing.
Two hydraulic cylinders are bolted to the contraption and lots of hydraulic lines attached.
The steel piers are then installed into the hole for them in the contraption (hope I am not being too technical here).
Anyway, the house was raised, it is all level now. Best part, it carries a lifetime warranty and is certified by "my" engineer as structurally sound. Our next step is to make minor repairs to our interior walls and ceilings, moving a house around tends to make some minor cracking in a few places.
We have a realtor coming over this afternoon to meet with us. She may be able to advise us on what else we need to do to the house to sell it. I will try to keep you informed as our journey unfolds.
Until next time, God bless us all.............................