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No concrete curb at detached garage

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Posted by: from Calgary
3/19/2021 at 9:09:42 AM

My detached garage has no concrete wall. Can I fix it?

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Date/Time3/19/2021 at 9:33:45 AM

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Jack Rabbit Contracting in Edmonton
Date/Time3/19/2021 at 10:10:09 AM

If your framing is already on. No. But if you haven't framed yet you can dowel in rebar and pour a curb 6 . Be sure to have your rough openings for your doors to be at least 3-6 wider than the actual doors. You will require a 2'8 door opening for your man door at least but I would suggest a 3' door if possible.

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Date/Time3/19/2021 at 12:51:08 PM

It depends on the stage of construction. It's always best to start with a good sub base (grave) then the slab and the concrete wall at the same time. If you've already built the frame, you'd have to have the building lifted to add anything to the foundation. Sorry.

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Ian in Edmonton
Date/Time3/19/2021 at 12:58:47 PM

Guessing you have a finished garage and maybe you're getting melt-water inside due to the pad being too low?

It's possible to jack up the garage by attaching joists to the studs with lag screws (a friend of mine did this) and then either forming and pouring a curb or placing another slab over the existing slab with or without breaking up and removing the existing slab.

Another option is mud-jacking which a neighbor did with his garage and successfully solved the problem.

The Code requires that foundations project a minimum of 6" above grade; no exception is made for garages however often garages are built without the required projection.

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