Started by Larry G, December 14, 2015, 02:11:55 PM
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Quote from: Larry G on December 14, 2015, 02:11:55 PMHello everyone, I recently purchased the Enchilada plans and will be building the 14 x 24 in Central Mississippi and have a question regarding my foundation construction. It's not possible to get a concrete truck to the building site to pour a footing and stem walls so I was planning to use 8" Sonotubes on 24" Bigfoot Piers.
QuoteThe standard 14 x 24 plans call for the floor joists to rest on top of the beams but after studying this design for a while it seems that the structure would be more stable and have less "hinges" if the posts, piers and beams were moved outward to the perimeter of the structure and the floor joists were hung inside the beams instead of placed on top of the beams.
QuoteAre there any downsides to doing a foundation this way?
Quote from: Don_P on December 14, 2015, 11:53:09 PM You know, I've never failed to get mud to the job, why can't homeowners seem to ever be able to, rhetorically
Quote from: Don_P on December 14, 2015, 11:53:09 PM Sure, you've carefully collected all the loads from above through braced and sheathed roof, walls and floors, and then perched it on unbraced piers... there goes your lateral support, a chain breaks at the weak link. Build some type of wall between piers. It has to be rigid enough not to buckle out of plane when leaned upon by the piers. Now you have a complete lateral load path. At that point make the walls between piers vertically load bearing and you don't need a perimeter built up beam. Electrician will be happier for one.