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    Good evening all,

    How does one go about restumping an entire low set house? The house in question is quite small, but there's about 40 stumps and the clearance between the house and the ground is 40cm or less for most of the stumps. This would obviously make the whole process very awkward and cumbersome. I would imagine a commercial stumper would probably disconnect water and wastewater and raise the whole house on props or otherwise rip all the floor boards up and do those as part of the reno. Is that generally how one would tackle such a job?

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    Not unless you want to raise house at same time.
    40cm is plenty to crawl into, as long as it does not get much lower.

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    So you're saying a professional contractor would crawl under a 40cm space, dig out the old stump, drag a new one in, and haul concrete under there? And they'd do that for the 18 stumps that are not around the perimeter? I mean I guess it's possible, and thankfully most stumps are on the perimeter (22 out of the 40), but yeah, interesting. I guess if it was any lower it'd be a matter of pulling up the floor before you'd raise the whole house?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wardrop View Post
    So you're saying a professional contractor would crawl under a 40cm space, dig out the old stump, drag a new one in, and haul concrete under there?
    Yes it can be done, but some may prefer to lift the boards. Our old house was less in spots and needed a bit of digging to make access possible.

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    Yes, they do it from underneath. I had approx 120 stumps done by a pro at that height and less. There was a small team of them who basically stayed under there all day except for lunch. A whole trailer full of bottle jacks, and planks and trays to slide the cement in once all the stumps had been hung tight under the bearers.

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    Very interesting, thanks for all the replies.

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    Its remarkable how they do it. We had our place restumped with slightly less clearance in places. Couldnt believe how they did all the manual labour stuff under there. I've subsequently beeing under the house to put in floor insulation. It was bad enough stapling the insulation to the joists.

    kudos to them

    There were several places where they'd dug a trough below the bearers so they could get to the next row of stumps!

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