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BrownsFan

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04-04-2012 12:49 AM

My wife and I walked through 3 homes today. Our top choice had a strange double foundation wall only on the east side. The only way we knew this was due to a basement window. From the inside the “inner” concrete wall had an opening cut to allow light to come in from the window in the outer wall. I was able to see about a 18-24 inch void between the walls to the left and right. I could not look down over the inner wall. There was a horizontal surface of concrete approximately the height of the bottom of the window that bridged the gap horizontally between the walls.

What do you suppose this is all about?



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BillyJ

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04-04-2012 02:52 AM

I’m assuming the second wall came up to a new set of top plates. Were you able to go into the basement? You say concrete – were both walls poured or was the second one block?

More then likely, I would suspect the original foundation was beyond repair or unable to underpin and they built a secondary wall w/foundation.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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BrownsFan

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04-04-2012 03:13 AM

The house was constructed in 2002. I hope the original foundation isn’t shot yet! I pretty sure both were poured. I KNOW the inner wall was concrete. I remember noticing the rock embedded in the concrete where the wall was clearly cut for the window in the outer wall.

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Grandpa

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04-04-2012 03:44 AM

I know a contractor that read the plans incorrectly and had to break a slab floor off on the side and extend it 2 more feet. Maybe they poured the first foundation and discovered a mistake and added the second to make the house the correct size?????

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BillyJ

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04-05-2012 01:26 AM

I’d have to go with Grandpa on this one.

Being relatively new, I would go to city hall and check with the building permit dept or the inspector. I’m sure someone around there would remember a mistake like that.

That would be one costly mistake for the contractor!

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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