No footer?


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Old 02-21-15, 06:55 AM
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No footer?

My house was built in the 40's. I have cut an interior weeping tile trench along the west, east, and south walls in the basement. The west and east walls have an obvious footer extending approx. 6 inches in from the block walls. The south wall, however, does not seem to have a concrete footing. What I'm finding is rock under the concrete block wall. Does this make any sense at all, only a partial footer?
 
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Old 02-21-15, 06:57 AM
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Not sure about that age. Sometimes rock pillars or walls were used for footings. Can you post a few pictures of what you are finding?
 
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Old 02-21-15, 08:55 AM
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I've also chiseled a small trench due to an interior leak in basement wall. I encountered crushed stone once I drilled thru the floor. Not sure how my footer is configured.





 
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Old 02-21-15, 10:19 AM
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Does it make sense, no, but I have seen several done with no footings. If they dug to what appeared to be load bearing material, rock, hardpan,or even a compacted sand/gravel mix, I think they felt they really couldn't do any better than that and poured the walls on that. I have yet to see block laid up without a footer but I guess if it is on stable rock it is conceivable.
 
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Old 02-21-15, 11:20 AM
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While we're waiting on pix. When our church was built (shortly after the war of northern aggression), there was a formidable rock outcropping that they could not blast (lack of gunpower, I guess), so they built on it and around it. So Biblically, our church is built on a "rock". You can go down to the "dungeon" and see it today. It ain't moving.
 
 

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