Friday, November 26, 2010

Crazy Man re-stumps house alone (well,almost).

Living with an eternal optimist (Mr CrazyHouse) usually makes you feel as though you can take on anything. However the thought of re-stumping the reno cottage ourselves was more than a little daunting. I don't know anything about re-stumping a house. We have never seen it done and don't know anyone who has had their house re-stumped, I mean this is a job for burly guys with fancy hydraulic lifts or something who don't mind grovelling under houses in the dirt.

 I've watched that TV show Monster Movers, that's scary stuff! They even get under buildings as they move them, not to mention that crane that lost traction on a steep hill and only stopped when it crashed into a bridge 200m down the road. Even the experts have dramas.
 

Unfazed Mr Crazy House went off to buy him some plastic tubing.


 
YUK!!
 
Well he bribed no.1 and no.2 sons with digging holes for monetary rewards which no.2 son then swapped for a skate-ramp. Holes with little head room attracted higher premiums. Needless to say they tired of that quick-smart and holes remained half dug for weeks until we finished the job. I think the holes were getting smaller and smaller by the end.
Mr CH bought 28m of RHS and FMS steel and welded up new house posts in his Dad's shed.
 
 
Using a jack he lifted sections of floor beams and packed-up the existing stumps first and then added extra supports using hardwood from the demolished shed. My assistance was only required to add packing, spot for moving supports and help Mr CH stand up straight after he crawled out.
 
 
A hand-held posthole digger.
Getting there!

 
The hard worker, the jack that is.
 

25cm worth of packing in some areas.
Posts bolted on and almost ready to go.


We couldn't get our stumps any worse than these, could we?
One of our stumps was a little crooked, unfortuately when you are working with old timber not every surface is straight and you just need to go-with-the-flow.


Levels checked and adjusted with a water level (thats what the tubing was for).
All ready for the concrete.


Now the real back-breaking work begins. 15 holes to fill with concrete.
Thankfully the stumps around the outside walls had already been re-stumped by a previous owner which meant less work for us.


2 stumps had welded joins to save on steel cost.
Poking to avoid any air pockets.


2 down 13 to go

 

Putting a teenager to work.







Mum and Jay signed their respective holes.


Last hole added as overkill by Mr CH.
Not finished yet. He has this 90% thing where we get almost finished and then he's had enough,( until it has to be finished)
Still waiting for other 90% jobs to be finished(stair railings,kitchen drawer etc.)

That's as good an "after" shot as you get.

The old wooden stumps and supports were left in place for a few weeks to allow the concrete plenty of time to harden,one solid stump still yet to be removed.(90% again)
Unfortunately under this house has become the storage spot for anything that has no home at the moment-bikes, go-cart, wood, mower, pink bathtub!

COST
1 cubic m sand and gravel mix $80

cement $100

clear tubing $39

bolts and washers $54

steel rhs 16m, fms 12m $600

blood, sweat and backache-priceless

total-$873 saving thousands?






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