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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
 
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Any contractors around?

I have decided to dig out the crawl space under my home. Have done a lot of research into it and have spoken with a few contractors already about it. Here is my dilemma. Everyone I have talked to has said they would have to jack up the house which can get VERY pricey. I have messed around down there for a little bit and its possible to dig it out by hand only problem is getting the dirt out. My idea is to get some kind of industrial vacuum like this and just suck it all out into a dump truck. Was just wondering if anyone on TWF has done anything like this and what they would suggest?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 10:36 AM
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I don't know anything about that sort of thing, but it sounds dangerous. Leave it to the pros.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Well there is no safety concerns. I have had the "pros" come look at it and the cement goes far deeper than I plan to dig it out. The reason they want to jack up the house is because the want to get machinery down there to dig it out. has nothing to do with the structure itself and I am pretty much thinking screw that because it would cost me an arm and a leg and it is possible just to dig it out by hand.
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Anyway you remove the dirt... you still need to suspend the house in some manner.

I would use the "spray n suck". Alot of contractors use them. You spray the dirt with water and suck it out with this big 8" tube. No digging at all....




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Great idea, Ill look into it, thanks.
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Or you could do it inmate style, get a spoon, or small shovel and a cup, start carrying out dirt

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 06:16 PM
 
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is there a pressing need for the crawl space?

Your looking at every waking spare moments for months to do the whole house...
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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We are redoing the house. Putting in new floors, building some shelves etc. its a one story so if we manage to put in a full basement it will greatly increase its value. Not like we need it done AT THIS MOMENT but just something to work on here and there.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 07:29 PM
 
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deep enough to put in a basement will be one hell of a chore... thats YEARs of weekends with a shovel... If your doing it to sell i'd do a equity loan to do it if itll more then payfor itself in resale.. and do it right beofre u sell so itsn ot an extra payment for long
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