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Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.

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Foundation Replacement After An Earthquake Has Damaged Your Foundation: What To Expect

by Nicholas Jenkins

If you live near a fault line or an area that has frequent earthquakes, your home should have a solidly reinforced foundation. However, much older homes may already have weakened foundations from decades of earthquakes, or they may not be reinforced in the ways that modern foundations are. If, after the most recent earthquake, you have found that your home's foundation is falling out from underneath you, you should hire a contractor right away. Once you hire a contractor, here is what you can expect during the course of your foundation replacement.

Replacing the Foundation One Wall at a Time

Some contractors may choose to replace the foundation one wall at a time. To do this, strong support poles or beams are placed at key points, in your basement, along the wall that will be removed first. Usually your contractor will start with the wall that has the greatest damage. When the house is adequately supported from underneath and lifted up off of the damaged wall, then the crew removes the entire wall, starting with the chunks and pieces that broke loose during the quake. Once the bare earthen wall behind it is completely exposed, a vertical framework is constructed so that the new concrete can be poured. Before the wet concrete fills these vertical forms, rebar is positioned inside the forms to help reinforce the concrete after it has dried. After the concrete has solidified, the wall is complete, and the crew moves on to replace the next wall or section of wall, repeating this process until your whole foundation has been replaced.

Replacing the Entire Foundation All at Once

If your house is relatively small, or you have a contractor that recommends that the whole foundation be replaced all at once, then you might have to find another place to reside while this project is in progress. Metal posts that help elevate the bulk of the center of the house are positioned first, then metal posts or thick wooden beams are placed around the periphery of the basement. The contractor and his or her crew will separate the bottoms of the walls of the house from the foundation and then use the beams and posts to elevate the entire structure upward several inches before beginning work on the foundation. All of the walls will be removed (so if you store anything in the basement, you should probably remove it before the job begins). Then the vertical framework for all of the walls will be constructed, rebar added, concrete poured and the job is finished in the same way it would be if the contractor was completing a single wall at a time.

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