Replace foundation wall

Old 03-16-03, 12:27 PM
Curtis Hull
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Replace foundation wall

In our 100 yr old house we have a small basement. (might have been the root celler at one time) 15'x15'x8'deep. All cement but one of the interior walls is crumbling. (Wheel barrowed jobs done over a period of time I'm guessing)
I'm in the process of building a new wall alongside the old. Started with a foundation pad 24" WX 12" deep the length of the old wall. I have started a 8" block wall and I am half way up (about 4' high) I have 1/2" rod this high into the pad.
Problem; do I start filling the wall with cement now or wait until I am done.....which presents the problem of how high do I go and how do I fill with cement...without hireing a pump for this small job. The existing floor is still pretty level.
Appreciate any suggestions
Old 03-16-03, 02:10 PM
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I usually fill with cement as I go up. On some walls, we only fill the holes with the re-bar in them which is every 2 feet. Every job is different. The point is at any one time our wall is finished to that point. When you get to the top, you are going to have a gap smaller then the heigth of a full block. That is when we start using caps. Caps come in 4" thick and 2" thick. On the very top we always put a pressure treated 2x8, so you don't have concrete against the wood of your house. Good Luck
Old 03-16-03, 04:51 PM
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No "Easy Way"

Well, I guess I was looking for an easy way for this ole man to get that cement into that block wall....reading between your lines Jack, I hear you....there aint any. But I'm stubborn enough... it'll get done eventually.
I think I enjoy my music more than some of these "little projects"
Strummin my guitar and singin a tune....
beats layin 8' block any day.
But thanks again!

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