Hydraulift Lifting, Lowering and Restumping services

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Levelling a building

Once you have collected your heights from a laser its time to work out where is or where is going to be level. Taking into consideration buildings that are permanently attached and other fixtures the level point may be able to be varied or it may have to be at a particular height.

The lowest point of the building may not be the lowest pressure point! A lone high stump on the outside of the building can push massive pressure down so starting from the lowest point of the building the bearer can be jacked up slightly to see how much pressure is on it at that point. If there is very little and it seams to go up effortlessly then keep going it will most likely go up to level relatively easy, however stop if it seams to get heavy leading into a counterbalancing system of support for the structure.

If all goes well at that point and your able to lift the building to approx 50mm above your predetermined level point you can proceed to support the building useing counterbalance technique described following otherwise you will need to find the post that are pushing the weight down, usually the highest one(s) on the outside of the house. Then working around the perimeter starting from this post or group of post work both ways around the building bringing the outside up to the same height as the starting point or high post(s) that is causing the pressure on the centre.

Once you've done that you should be able to return to the centre and start counterbalancing the structure.

Starting from the lowest point now defiantly close to the centre of the building lifting can commence. A post is going where the old one came out of so a suitable support needs to be put centre of the two holes and it needs to start on a reasonably continuous bearer so consideration can be given to a post under a bearer close to the lowest point or centre of the house as the case may be.

At least 4 steel frames will need to be incorporated into your levelling process however most of the rest can be props made from the post themselves or some other suitable means. By incorporating at least 4 frames your holding it from moving forward backward or sideways and depending on how long it will be like this will determine the extent or quality of your centre supports.

As you move from the centre out you can counterbalance long sections of bearer leaving the under part of the house relatively clear and keeping in mind that we are lifting to 50mm above level, not! level reason to which will become obvious when it comes time to hang the new posts from the bearers, ultimately allowing for precision accuracy. 

Heavy sections can be ascertained by looking for condensed internal structures such as rooms, wardrobes etc and place your support nearest to centre of these hot spots. It is sometimes very obvious which part to jack from that will cause it to spring up and counterbalance other times you will need to look inside and out and trial different locations. As can be seen the counterbalancing allows you to keep clear with minimal support hindering the rest of the processes.