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Cap Plate on a cinder block basement codes???

Discussion in 'Residential Building Codes' started by Dylan ELliott, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. Dylan ELliott

    Dylan ELliott Registered User

    Sep 14, 2019
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    Hello everyone,

    So my buddy just bought a house in Oakwood, GA. He knew he was going to have to do some remodeling when he first looked at the house...none the less we are in the middle of it. The house is a 2 br 1 bath room house on a cinder block basement. The house has an addition that has been built for 10 plus years and is begining to settle. Pretty much when you walk into the wash room in the back of the house, the door way that you walk into the room through is sitting on top of this cinder block basement, and the wall that is opposite from you when you enter is not. It is on cinder blocks as well, but is not part of the original structure. Well that new wall is about an inch and a half lower than the original cider blocks. Upon inspection of this problem we discovered that there was not a plate under this exterior wall that is sitting on top of the bare cinder blocks. Now, my question to you is this.....are there any special codes for screws or size board or brackets, etc. that I need to know about before I jack this wall up and but my new band in......Home is in Oakwood, Georiga 30566. Thank you for your time and input would be greatly appreciated.
  2. jar546

    jar546 *****istrator

    Oct 16, 2009
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  3. north star

    north star Sawhorse

    Oct 19, 2009
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    Welcome to The Building Codes Forum !

    IMO, ...I would contact the local Building Inspections Office
    and ask for assistance \ guidance.........While your description
    of the conditions of the structure is a good one, we simply
    cannot provide you with accurate answers without having
    "eyes on the actual project"........We could provide you
    various Code Sections to give you minimums, but without
    actually being there, we would only be parroting Code

    @ ~ @ ~ @
  4. cda

    cda Sawhorse

    Oct 19, 2009
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    Not into cap plates

    So is the old or new settling?

    Do you need a structural engineer to look at the entire house??

    As in if you do this fix is it going to solve the problem in the future
  5. ICE

    ICE Sawhorse

    Jun 23, 2011
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    If I understand correctly, you intend to raise the laundry room 1 1/2" and slip in a shim that you refer to as a plate.

    Is the CMU foundation on a footing? How Is the wood framed wall attached to the CMU?
    At the very least, the "plate" should be secured to the CMU and the wall secured to the plate. Are the CMU fully grouted? What physical restraints are there for using tools? What size is the room?

    Solutions to your situation range from PL400 to a Hole Hawg.
    #5 ICE, Sep 14, 2019
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2019
  6. Rick18071

    Rick18071 Sawhorse

    Nov 28, 2009
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    By shimming up the floor will not stop the continuing sinking of the foundation. need an architect or engineer.
    cda likes this.
  7. e hilton

    e hilton Bronze Member

    Jul 2, 2014
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    Reminds me of a true story from 60 yrs ago. I had relates living in rural NH and outhouses were still very common. One uncle was a bit lazy, when his pit filled up, rather than dig a new one he raised the seat.
  8. ADAguy

    ADAguy Sawhorse

    Sep 11, 2013
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    Surely you "jest?

    As to above:
    1. How deep is the water table?
    2. Close to a water source?
    3. Roof have gutters, if so where does the downspout spill too?

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