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Ted Hall
May 8, 2009 | Farmstead | Ted Hall

House Raising Without a Creak!

Logan/Ives House lifted 16 inches off its foundationOur future tasting room was lifted 16 inches today without a creak.

The historic Logan/Ives house was lifted today using hydraulic jacks.  This amazing feat happened without incident.  The house didn't make a sound.

The next step is to lift the house another 32 inches on Monday.  When completed, the house will be a full 48 inches (four feet!) off the ground.

Hydraulic jacks lifting the houseWe are lifting the house so that we can completely rebuild the foundation while keeping its historic character in tact.  On Monday and Tuesday we'll be removing the old foundation and getting ready to pour new footings. 

We can already see that the old foundation included some old tree stumps and rock piles.  In 1874 you used whatever was at hand. 

Can't wait to see what else we find.

Pumping truck for hydraulic jacksWe're going to make the new footings using concrete with a high component of fly ash.  Fly ash is a fine, glass-like powder recovered from gases created by coal-fired electric power generation, which is usually dumped in landfills. But, fly ash is also an inexpensive replacement for the portland cement used in concrete, while it actually improves strength, segregation, and ease of pumping of the concrete. 

So, we're diverting stuff from landfill and making better concrete with what is usually considered "waste."

More about the our overall "green" strategy later, but this is just one example of how doing the "right thing" can make the outcome better - and less expensive.


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brandon chamberlin
@ Apr 12, 2011 at 11:14 AM
hey cool article, i'm looking at a possible lift myself. how did the lift end up? was this a computerized hydrolic lift?

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