Rebuilding Garage - Need some help

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Old 04-18-16, 07:03 AM
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Rebuilding Garage - Need some help

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I have a garage project that I will be doing this summer. My garage is essentially caving in. The back part of the roof is giving way and needs to be replaced (pictures attached). This is also causing the garage to lean to the right and the bottom right wall to pull right (pictures attached). My plan is to brace the wall, take the roof truss off, jack the walls up so I can put new bracing and new sono tubes, lower and plum the walls, build new truss, and rebuild the roof. I may be attaching part of it to the house or not (both designed attached. I need to get with code enforcement. So I guess my question is does this make sense? It is possible, easy, cheapish? I want to keep cost as low as possible. I will be doing a majority of the work on my own and recruiting friends to help with the hard stuff.
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Old 04-18-16, 07:11 AM
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Sure looks like the foundations failed on that front right side.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 07:21 AM
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It did. Which is why I want to replace the sonotubes.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 07:49 AM
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That job is beyond sono tubes. Looking at the cracks in the slab, there are no footings at all. It appears that the structure has to be lifted (jacked up) in order to correct it. Did the ridge board crack/split?
 
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There are sonotubes on all the corners and on the length of the garage. Only one sonotube has failed. The rest are fine. Ridge board? There is a couple 2x6's that go across the roof from one side to the other (left to right) that is in the process of cracking?
 
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Given the condition of your existing garage and the amount of work that needs to be done to it it would probably be easier, safer and even quite possibly cheaper to just take the entire existing structure down and start from scratch! If one of the sonotube footers has failed I'd be extremely suspicious of the others and would replace them all as well as the floor while doing the project. Actually I probably just do a turndown slab and be done with it.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 12:55 PM
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Thats what I was thinking Msradell. I can break it down in sections and just reuse as much as I can and replace what I cant. Im still figureing out a cheap foundation and my only thought are sonotubes which is very popular hear in Maine.
 
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I don't see how it could be cheaper to demolish it & rebuild from scratch.
 
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Old 04-18-16, 02:11 PM
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A bulldozer operator could probably demolish and load the thing into a couple of dumpsters in less than a day. IMHO this is one time money saved doing it yourself isn't worth it.

However that said I once saved a badly leaning garage built on dirt with wood posts supporting it like crude pole barn by running beams through it from end to end and jacking it up enough to straighten it up and install new supports. Did something similar with a pool house. Not suggesting my method for this but just saying if you want to salvage it you may be able to do it if your creative enough.

Heck, when my garage started leaning I used chains around the framing members and a come-a-long to straighten it and then went inside sistered a few studs rotting on the bottom and added diagonal bracing so it wouldn't lean again.
 

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