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This photo by reader Litcritter is the kind of image that either inspires action and excitement or a terrible sinking feeling in the pit of your gut. Around here this kind of sight can be seen starting back up again in the end of the summer with the weather backing off its triple-digit assault.

Though most folks will tell you reseating your home on its foundation or throwing in a few anchors is scary — and honestly it is — renovation and home projects in general fill weekend air almost daily in the months ahead.

Our hat is off to Litcritter and his home on a hill, and we hope the process goes as smoothly and inexpensively as is possible when a digger shows up for duty on your lawn.

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3 Responses to Digging Around The House

  1. Dave P says:

    Tomorrow’s picture is litcritter winching a Bobcat out of his living room.

  2. Robert says:

    What is “resetting a house”?

    If it is what it sounds like, is that common in some areas?

  3. Sean says:


    Depends on the soil, but foundation repair and relevelling is common on clay soils and silt to make up for subsidence.

    In this case, it’s more along the lines of relieving water and earth pressure by putting in a drain system, establishing proper angle of repose on the earth slope leading down to the back wall of the basement and backfilling with gravel. Prior to this, they will return the wall to plumb as hillside creep has pushed the top of it downhill.

    If you look at older trees growing on a hillside, you will notice they have a characteristic hockey stick shape. They originally grew straight up, but as time goes on, the earth slowly flows downhill due to gravity and water pressure (sodden earth creeps at proper angle of repose or less, develops slips or slope failure if this is exceeded) . The tree responds to creep by growing compression wood on the down hill side to return the trunk to vertical.

    Walls go out of vertical and eventually overturn like our contractor built, inspector approved original retaining wall. They both had no concept of water pressure and the need for drainage and slope behind a retaining wall. Proper retaining walls control the toe of the slope, not just hold back earth, unless you get acquainted with geogrid systems, compaction and soil reinforcement. ALL must be properly drained.

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