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    Default stuck on new foundation

    Ok, I am really stuck and need advice. Winter is coming and I don't have much time here in Idaho. I have just begun building a foundation under my 1867 house that was built without one. Each room was an addition to the original house which was just one room (my kitchen). I chose to start with the spare bedroom which is on the SE corner of the house. The SE corner of the room raises fairly easily and I have plenty of room even now after I have poured the 9" thick footer and laid 3 rows of concrete blocks. The NE corner, though, is attached to the rest of the house and seems to be impossible to raise. I can't even get my fingers in between the top of the blocks (which I still have to fill with concrete) and the bottom of the beam that I installed to support that outside wall when I picked it up off the ground. I don't have enough room to get the pressure treated sill plate in the space I have left and I still need to get the lag bolts in there, too. I have tried to raise it more, but it's cracking or threatening to crack the new floor joists I put in and/or the wall itself. Any suggestions?
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    Default Re: stuck on new foundation

    Looks to me like you messed up a little bit on your measurements and calculations. Can you remove the top course of blocks and cut them enough to allow you to pour concrete and to place a sill plate once you re-install them?

    I doubt that you can find any other alternatives.

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    Default Re: stuck on new foundation

    I didn't think about cutting the blocks...that would be a lot of cutting in order to keep it level...23 blocks! I can't remove them as they are already mortared in so, I'd have to cut them where they are. What would I use to cut them? Would I have to use one of those big concrete saws? But, that gives me another idea...I might be able to cut a couple inches off the bottom of that 6x6 beam with the sawzall.

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    Default Re: stuck on new foundation

    That's a lot of cutting, but can be done with a diamond blade on a saw.

    If you trim your 6x6s, will you be able to fill the blocks with concrete and fit the sill plate in?

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    Default Re: stuck on new foundation

    I got another idea from a local builder today to buy a 1x8 redwood board to put in if I can't get the 2x8 in. Also, I managed to switch out one of the jacks holding the SE corner (a higher bottle jack for a lower one) and the lower one fits into a spot on top of the concrete blocks in the NE corner. I started jacking that corner up this morning and it was moving, but lots of creaking and cracking going on. I will get back to it tonight after work when I have someone there with me! Thanks for the suggestions!

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    Default Re: stuck on new foundation

    There's a reason why pressure treated 2x is used for sill plates. Redwood is a wonderful wood, but it won't give you the protection that PT will. Also 1x is too thin.

    Let us know about your progress.

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