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Floating basement walls

Posted by Brad on October 8th, 1999 06:34 PM

I am going to be floating the walls in my basement, that is, cutting off the lower few inches of the walls so that there is a gap that will allow the floor to move independently of the walls. These walls were installed during a previous remodel and are not supporting walls. Currently the upward pressure on these basement walls has lifted the floor and walls on the main floor. As I do this, I will be installing mono-pole jacks to hold the basement ceiling/main floor steady as I do the work, then I'll be lowering them steadily until the main floor rests upon the appropriate, existing supports. I'd like to minimize the cracked walls and tile on the main floor of the house by lowering the jacks very slowly. I'd like to hear from others who have done this sort of thing about how gradually I should lower the jacks in order to minimize damage on the main floor. Are there any rules-of-thumb about this? Do you think I should just plan on fixing a lot of cracked drywall?
Thank you,

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