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Old 06-08-2009, 05:16 PM   #1
 
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How To Check Existing Foundation?


Im working on a small remodeling job and for the permit weve been asked to verify if one of the walls has an existing footing below. Does anybody know how to check it? Do we need to drill into the floor? Are there some other ways to test something like that? What do usually inspectors do to check it during inspection? Any help appreciated here!!!
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dig a hole on the outside.....

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dig a hole on the outside.....
No, no. He needs to drill a 2" hole through the floor every 12"
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dig a hole on the outside.....
Call inspector set up where he wants you to verify and dig hole

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No, no. He needs to drill a 2" hole through the floor every 12"
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The wall is interior so we can't DIG a hole! But I guess will have to do the drilling... Thanks!!!
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The wall is interior so we can't DIG a hole! But I guess will have to do the drilling... Thanks!!!
Remember, 2" hole every 12"
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Is there a sump pump?
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I’m working on a small remodeling job and for the permit we’ve been asked to verify if one of the walls has an existing footing below. Does anybody know how to check it? Do we need to drill into the floor? Are there some other ways to test something like that? What do usually inspectors do to check it during inspection? Any help appreciated here!!!
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The wall is interior so we can't DIG a hole! But I guess will have to do the drilling... Thanks!!!
Since you are the only one
who can see the situation,
why don't you try to paint a word
picture here?
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Get a can of safety orange spray paint and paint "footing beneath" on the concrete floor next to the wall and show the inspector your discovery.
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Is there a sump pump?
Yes, but not in this particular house.
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Get a can of safety orange spray paint and paint "footing beneath" on the concrete floor next to the wall and show the inspector your discovery.
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Your breaking up concrete pal, good luck
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Taking odds on the chances of there being a footing under the wall...lol 100 to 1...
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Taking odds on the chances of there being a footing under the wall...lol 100 to 1

Actually seeing the footing under the wall........priceless!

Seriously, mindfuldesign, as a designer, you know to check if the wall is a bearing wall. If it is, assume a footing, verify everything. If it is not a bearing wall, assume no footing, verify everything. If it needs to be a bearing wall, assume no footing, verify everything.

As Chris said, you are breaking up concrete or using a latrine shovel in the crawl space.
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Im working on a small remodeling job and for the permit weve been asked to verify if one of the walls has an existing footing below. Does anybody know how to check it? Do we need to drill into the floor? Are there some other ways to test something like that? What do usually inspectors do to check it during inspection? Any help appreciated here!!!
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I’m working on a small remodeling job and for the permit we’ve been asked to verify if one of the walls has an existing footing below. Does anybody know how to check it? Do we need to drill into the floor? Are there some other ways to test something like that? What do usually inspectors do to check it during inspection? Any help appreciated here!!!
Assuming this is a slab on grade or a filled slab foundation, you're going to have to break concrete and dig.

Inspectors would have checked the plans and the dirt work prior to allowing concrete to be poured. That is how they would check it during construction. Now that the concrete is poured, your only option is to dig down and expose the footing for them to see.

If there isn't, then you're looking at a great deal of work to put one under it.

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