Adding Support to a Basement Beam

Basement block pushed by a beam
A block pushed outside is causing damage to the home’s exterior.
Danny and Joe welcome callers’ questions each week on the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show. Here’s a question from our Feb. 15 broadcast: A beam in Rich’s basement is pushing a block, causing cracks to form on the outside of his house. We tell Rich the vertical load on the beam is pushing the block out.  If the beam itself is putting a lot of pressure on the wall then he should get an adjustable post along the beam to support it. That way it won’t be putting too much pressure on the bulging block. The adjustable post should coast him $60-$65. Listen to the embedded audio clip above for the full answer! Read the blog from the Feb. 15 show and listen to the full broadcast here.  


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