Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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I'm heavily insured, so financially this won't be a hit. The house needs to be looked at by a structural engineer. The house was built in three stages, the first stage, which was a fishing shack years ago, became the garage with a second-floor bedroom, and it is of typical slab-2x4 wall construction. It took on about five ft of sea water, sat in it for days, and it may be a total loss. The other two stages were built with concrete piers driven in by a pile driver and are much stronger. The pillers look ok, but at ground level a slab was poured to make it useable space, and the slab looks like it floated. These stilt-construction houses don't depend on the slab for structural support, but it may need to be jack hammered out so it doesn't stress the pillers. If anything, this will give me a chance to improve the house.
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Last edited by FeelTheLove; 09-19-2008 at 11:25 AM.