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RE: "street creep"?

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Generally what happens is the walls are backfilled prior to any floor
framing being placed.  When excavators backfill they don't pay attention to
how much force they are putting on the walls (they can't make the machines
lighter for backfilling).  The carpenters then frame on top of what is
there.  I have seen this on way too many basement walls.

For industrial structures I generally assume a 400 psf surcharge for
backfilling operations.  

Harold O. Sprague

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Schwarz317(--nospam--at) [SMTP:Schwarz317(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Monday, May 21, 2001 8:21 AM
> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:	"street creep"?
> I performed a residential structural inspection late last week and came 
> across odd foundation damage that the home inspector attributed to "street
> creep".  The crawl space wall abutting the garage slab as well as the
> garage 
> slab have moved with respect to the framing and other crawl space walls, a
> distance of almost 2 inches.  I have not found any reasonable explanation.
> The joints between the garage slab and the driveway and the street are all
> tight.  I ruled out that the house has moved with respect to the street.
> So, 
> I am researching possible answers.  Any thoughts?  Any published "Street 
> Creep" info? 
> Regards, 
> John D. Schwarz 
> Indianapolis

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