How’s it going, everybody? It’s Lucas Scheele with KC Pier and Kansas City Property Guys. And today I’m with Eric Scheele and we are driving out to Prairie Village, Kansas to look at an exterior waterproofing job with KC Pier. So we’re going to get there and we’re going to show you what it’s all about. So far so good. Awesome. Where are we at today?
Wall Push Back
Today we’re at Prairie Village, we are at a residential house that we’re actually doing three or four different repairs on the home including exterior waterproofing to satisfy what’s going on. What we’re going to do right now is we’re walking through, we’ve got pretty far in the last day, so there’s multiple stuff that’s up right now. So we’re going to do a quick walkthrough and give you a visual of what it looks like now and then we’ll explain the reasoning for what we’re doing. So over here we are doing a wall push back on this wall. As you can see, there’s a massive wall crack going down the center from window to window. This wall is in about three and a half inches. So this wall was in too far to stabilize. So what we’re doing is we’re doing excavation on the outside, reducing all the pressure off the wall by taking all the soil off.
What you see here is, this is our push system. What we do is we set it at a 45-degree angle, and what we’re doing is we’re setting it up so we can start to push back after we do the full excavation on the outside. What we have here is 6x6s with a 20-ton jack because, in order to do that, to reduce any damage upstairs, we have to release the house from the foundation. So once we do that, we bring it up about a quarter to a half-inch to take all the pressure off the foundation. So when we push, it doesn’t try to pull the main structure with it. That’s what we’re doing here right now. As we walk over here, you’ll see a little different wall crack repair over here because we didn’t have to excavate this wall.
The front wall was only in about three-quarters of an inch. So they were able to catch this wall. So what we did was we put up wall sheeting, which covers the entire wall, it reduces all the water on here and it goes behind here, runs down into the dream that you see down here. And as you can tell our drain is full. So when we came in here and we looked at the house and we recommended this, this is why we recommended it, the water is coming down. You can see the wet spots on the footing where the water is coming through the cold joint, and what we’re doing now is we’re just giving it somewhere to go. During that process, we put up, the braces over here to stabilize and support the wall where it is right now. During that process, the wall won’t come in any further and that’s what we’re here to design to do.
That way we don’t have to come back out, we don’t have to excavate it. And it saves the homeowner tons of money because they caught it quickly. We did the entire front wall like that, all the way down. This particular homeowner is looking to finish the basement off. That’s where our braces come in really good is the braces are just wide enough where your 2 by studs fit inside and the sheetrock goes right over it. The flat plate we have up here is five by quarter, which is just as strong as angle, and what it allows it is when you put up your ceiling, the ceiling can go right over it. There’s no cutting, no adjusting. So it limits a ton of labor for them in the future with not disturbing the wall itself.
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