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How To Use Floor Jacks

How To Use Floor Jacks

How To Use Floor JacksThe main purpose of floor jacks is to provide a strong support system for the home. It can be during a construction or renovation project, or it can be as a temporary solution to correct a floor’s leveling issues.

These devices have a similar working mechanism as jacks you use to lift a car. The only difference is that these jacks are much more heavy duty, so they can support very heavy objects that can weigh as much as 20 tons.

Floor jacks for the house are usually longer than the bottle jack, a hydraulic jack that is usually used to lift cars. But since both of these devices work the same way, some lighter home renovation and improvement projects can be done through bottle jacks.

Some of the most popular brands of floor jack posts today are Vestil, Akron, and Grow Co. and they are available at your local hardware store. These products are affordable, with a 54 inch post priced at less than $80.

When installed properly, floor jacks are a cost-effective way to prevent disasters caused by faulty construction or support system.

How To Use Floor Jacks Professionals Installation ProcessHow do professionals install floor jacks to support a home?

First, they take measurements from certain areas of the house including the beams and posts to determine how much weight should be supported. And if there is floor sagging or concavity observed, they need to see how many inches the floor has sagged.

Next, they decide what type of solution is the best considering the situation of the building. Sometimes, they don’t recommend floor jacks. Instead, they would go for the creation of a concrete wall that can act as a permanent support for the home. But even though this is the case, floor jacks will still play an important role in the project.

To get started with the jacks, professionals would first prepare a solid base for the jacks. As much as possible, the base should be lumber or wood. It also has to be of the perfect size relative to the width and length of the floor jack post.

How To Use Floor Jacks Home ExpertsAdding a base to the jacks serve at least three purposes. First, it provides additional strength. Second, it protects the area of the floor where the jacks will be on. Last, since the jacks are nailed onto the lumber base, the base gives the jacks that much-needed stability.

When the jacks are in place in strategic locations, home experts would then prepare a post that goes between the jack and the beam. The post is usually lumber so it’s easy to cut. Also, professionals would choose lumber that is free from any type of imperfections and that is perfectly straight.

Adjustments will be made either by pumping the jack to a certain level, or cutting the wooden post so it can fit perfectly.

Once everything is set, the renovation or home improvement project can start. If there is a need for additional jacks to be installed, they will be installed at certain areas of the house.

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