What is foundation bolting?
The wood that rests directly on the foundation is called the mud sill. Until the 1940s, home builders often did not bolt the mud sill to the foundation. This creates a serious structural weakness that can allow your home to slide off its foundation during an earthquake. The mud sill should be bolted down to the foundation to prevent serious earthquake damage.
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Our foundation repair services include:
Foundation replacement is required when a foundation is in poor condition. The two main reasons for replacement are cracking and deterioration. The replacement process consists of several steps. First, the house is stabilized through a method called shoring. Next, the section of damaged foundation is broken up with jackhammers. When the section is removed, the iron support bars and concrete forms are setup. Now that the section is prepared, new concrete is poured into place. When the concrete is settled, the forms are stripped off and all the surrounding dirt is replaced. After all these steps, your home is nice and sturdy.
One other option to foundation replacement is building a sister foundation. When a section of a foundation can not be replaced, an additional foundation is built. This second foundation will lie directly behind the original one. The new foundation will hold the weight of the building, removing the weight off of the unsafe section.
Below are some pictures of a foundation repair job in Los Angeles area.
Earthquake Retrofitting California
Retrofitting is a process that ties a home together. It increases the resistance to earthquake damage and the risk of injury. In short, it significantly strengthens your home.
A safe home is one that can withstand Earthquake shocking forces and is a home built on a firm foundation. By securely fastening the house to the foundation and securely connecting the house components together, the chances of withstanding the next earthquake are greatly improved.
This is achieved by installing and bolting the house to the foundation with varying styles of foundation anchors and straps. These anchors and straps suppress horizontal and vertical movement.
Thr Term "HARDSCAPE" Refers to any Type of Concrete Work Done on Pools, Driveways, Patios, Walkways, Entryways or other Concrete Related Surfaces.
Stamped Concrete, Exposed Aggregate and Stained Concrete are considered to be Hardscape Applications that have long been used for outdoor Surroundings such as Pools, Patios, Driveways, Entryways and Walkways.
Surfaces such as Italian Roads, Roman Walkways, or Stone Cut Textures from Europe can all be replicated with Durability & Strength that will last for many years. Most Hardscape enhancements add value to the home and improve the surroundings.
Before the project BBegins be prepared to give some thought to the surface of the surrounding area you would like to renovate or create. From either a Gray Concrete Slab, to the options of surface colors, textures, patterns, decorative bands, borders and designs.
Pacific Construction can help you decide how to enhance or restore any patio, driveway, walkway and entryway. Plus, it can be done very economically to meet your budget. There are options for the most meager budget to the unlimited budget.
Stamped Concrete is the process of adding texture and color to concrete to make it resemble stone, brick, slate, cobblestone and many other products found in nature including wood, fossils, shells and many more.
Acid Stain is not a paint or coating agent, rather, it's a coloring process involving a chemical reaction on a cementitious material. A solution made with water, acid, and inorganic salts reacts with minerals already present in the concrete, the result of this reaction is color. It works very well on new or old concrete....
Make sure you follow these 10 tips when choosing your contractor:
1. Hire only state-licensed contractors.
2. Get three references from each bidder and review past work
3. Make sure all project expectations are in writing and only sign the contract if you completely understand the terms.
4. Keep a job file of all papers relating to your project, including all payments.
5. Confirm that the contractor has workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
6. Check a contractor’s license number online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling 800.321.CSLB (2752).
7. Never pay more than 10% down or $1,000, whichever is less.*Don’t pay in cash
8. Hire only state-licensed contractors.
9. Don’t let payments get ahead of the work.
10. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the job.
This is the fun part. When you design your kitchen, you get to exercise your creative muscle while your house is still clean and in one piece.
For ease of movement, plan your kitchen workflow around the classic kitchen triangle.
While you have an almost infinite range of possibilities, you may want to utilize one of the five basic kitchen design plans, such as:
Unlike any other home remodeling project, kitchen renovation encompasses so many things--from the raw to the sublime, from the picayune to the important--that it can easily overwhelm even the most determined homeowner. On the other hand, a fine kitchen remodel instantly raises the value of your home and provides a more effective cooking space. Before beginning this tough-but-rewarding project, ask yourself:
1. How Far Do You Want to Go?
- Surface Alterations. At the easy end of the scale, you may like the general layout and size of the bathroom and the structure supporting the bathroom such as joists, walls, etc. The mantra of the surface-level bathroom remodeler is "cover, not replace." There is no shame at all in wanting to do a surface-level bathroom remodel.
- Change Layout. More difficult, the structural elements are still fine and you want to make surface alterations, but you also want to change the layout around.
- Complete Tear-Out/Remodel. Now we're at the end of the difficult scale. You want to do all of the above, but 50 years of accumulated moisture has rotted away the joists and wall studs, and the window is falling out.
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