Foundation Problem

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Posted by: from Selkirk
10/22/2013 at 9:52:24 PM

I had a foundation poured for a 16x20 foot building. The foundation is the wrong size and is not level.

The building is sitting on the inside edge of the forms instead of in the centre and is already underway. The building has to be 16x20 as it is grandfathered to that maximum size by the RM here. The guy who poured the cement did not measure correctly or even make it level. It is 1 1/2 inches different in places. I have an inspector from the RM coming to look at these problems tomorrow.

Paid $5,600 and the cement contractor still wants another $600! The original quote was for $2,000. The contractor who is repairing and building is not the same contractor who poured the cement.

What can I do to save this project?

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Date/Time10/27/2013 at 3:30:06 PM

I am not a foundation guy, but I can tell you about a situation a teacher of mine pointed out to the class. By the way, the class was Ontario Building Code and the teacher is a senior Building Inspector.

He told us of a story where a contractor poured a foundation for a house where the foundation walls were not centered on the footing. The inspector did not pass the foundation. The contractor had to have the wall design re-engineered to allow for the change in load of the concrete that was poured on top of the footing before the inspector would pass the job. Very expensive, but a lesson for the contractor or anyone else who is building. Perhaps this would apply to your situation...

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