Thursday, March 15, 2012

Reinforcing Beams before Jacking

In preparation for jacking up the barn and moving it we needed to reinforce the 8x8 beams in the basement.  They had unsupported scarf joints and were rotten on the east end where they contacted the poured concrete wall.  We thru bolted LVL's on either side of the beams they cantilevered out under the east gable where they had rotted away.  This was critical because when we jack up the building these LVL's will carry the gable end.

Andrew and Dave spent a day and a half on the end of a jackhammer making the 4 holes necessarily for the LVL's to pass through the 20inch thick concrete. Totally brutal and by far the the most physical work to date

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