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  1. #1
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    Default Question about a Leaning House

    Hello All,

    New to the forum, but looks like a good source of commentary so I figured I'd pose the question to you all.

    I just recently moved into a new house with a couple people (renting - not owning) and noticed that the house is leaning. The house is probably about 100 years old. Its a little dizzying inside - which isn't a big deal to me - but I'm concerned about it from a safety stand point. From my understanding, most of the settling in a house occurs within the first few years of its existence and that any lean has probably been that way for a long time.

    I just want to make sure that this is not a safety hazard to us living in the house. My biggest concern is the front right corner of the house. It seams to bend inward from the second floor level to the foundation and I worry about the stability of this corner of the house. There are no big visible cracks in the plaster, but the house sounds awfully creaky and there is slight visible sagging in the floor joists. Based on the floor depth, the joists are 2x8s at 24" O.C. and span the width of the house, which is about 13 feet.

    Thoughts? Does anyone else have experience living in a house with this condition?

    Any input is much appreciated. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Question about a Leaning House

    i've seen many many houses that are that old and older. some are level and plumb and some are scary crooked. sometimes the level and plumb ones can be a danger to be in and sometimes the crooked ones are perfectly safe. it goes both ways. there's no way anyone on here can tell you if it's safe or not. the only person that can help you out is to have a structural engineer come in and do an assessment. it might be perfectly fine, a danger or somewhere in between.

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    Default Re: Question about a Leaning House

    I agree with MLB but from your description " It seams to bend inward from the second floor level to the foundation" sounds like there may be a seriously compromised sill. This needs to be checked out.

    Jack
    Be sure you live your life, because you are a long time dead.-Scottish Proverb

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    Default Re: Question about a Leaning House

    I agree with the others that the building may or may not be unsafe---but under local law it's the responsibility of the town/city building inspector to accept complaints of this nature and to check them out using the town's structural/civil engineer; if a hazardous condition is found, the property owner is notified to have it fixed.

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    Default Re: Question about a Leaning House

    Thanks for the input. Do you all consider it poor etiquette to consult the engineer without telling the owner first?

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    Default Re: Question about a Leaning House

    go right ahead and get one if you want to. don't worry about the landlord. this is about your safety, not his.

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