Friday, August 29, 2008

The House is No Longer Falling Down...

on the west side, at least. Today, a mason started the job of shoring up the exterior walls and inserting the Helifix ties to secure it.

They shored up the wall by applying pressure with 4 wide planks of wood.
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Then, they drove 4x4's between these planks and posts buried in the ground across the driveway:
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They carefully hammered the 4x4's down until they had moved the wall 3/4 of an inch and back in a relatively good position.

After moving the wall, the masons needed to secure it using Helifix ties:
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This tie is 3/8 inch thick and 8 inches long.

First a pilot hole is driven; then, the tie is countersunk into the wall with a special driver. Here's what is visible from the outside:

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A little patch of mortar and it should be hard to see where they are!

4 comments:

modernemama said...

Ingenious and hopefully very secure, too.

Robj98168 said...

Very Cool! Don't trip over the 2X4's that are holfing the wall up in the dark (Spoken from experience)

Jayne said...

I second what modernemama said: ingenious! Hope it makes your house nice and sturdy.

klutzymama said...

Hello! Just came over from Front Porch Indiana. Just wanted to say that we are also remodeling an old house (built in 1800's). We have no skills in this area whatsoever and we have a very limited budget, so I can sympathize with you. I'm looking forward to reading more about your house!