By Henri de Marne

"For over 32 years, owners in the course of the US and Canada have trusted Henri de Marne to reply to their questions in his syndicated newspaper column, 'First reduction for the unwell House'. With this publication, you'll find the solutions everytime you want them. De Marne has up to date the entire solutions for this publication, to mirror the newest in examine, fabrics, tools, issues, and tastes. the result's a entire manual Read more...

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The cracks have been repaired but they come back. What can we do to correct this problem permanently? A. A shifting house with the problems you describe indicates that the foundation is on unstable ground, or is not deep enough to be unaffected by seasonal temperature and moisture changes. A permanent solution may be expensive, depending on what is causing the problem, and would probably require building a deeper foundation under the perimeter of the slab. Judging from the temperature tables of your area (Oklahoma), the frost line may require footings approximately 2 feet deep.

We do not get water or anything coming up the crack. A. If the crack is straight, it may be following a control joint. This is a common practice in large expanses of concrete to allow for shrinkage that occurs as concrete cures. This should not be of concern unless the concrete shows vertical displacement (one side of the crack is materially higher than the other). If the crack is irregular, it may also be due to shrinkage during the curing process because no curing agent or other shrinkage control was used—and no control joints were included as they should be in any expanse larger than 20 feet by 20 feet.

A. Any walls out of the ground are better built of standard framing construction because it allows for better insulation. In your case, it will also make it easier to install the patio door and window later on. Their rough openings should be framed in now to make it even easier and cheaper to do later. The weight of the house should not cause the wood wall to settle if the foundation supporting it is adequate. There is likely to be minimum shrinkage of the wood members as they dry. You should use 6-inch studs anyway to provide better insulation.

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