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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-28-2020, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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ok so now that I have 98% of my house gutted and rebuilt, there was a section of flooring (actually a raised concrete slab for part of the basement). for years I just lived with it and never really gave it any thought about removing it or lowering it. But now I decided to dwell into it. I figured I would remove 4 ft of it to make a room 12 ft long without the step up. So I start busting up the slab, I see it is only about 3.5-4" thick and then dirt. I figured I would remove the concrete and remove dirt, dig down a few more inches below other floor level and fill it up with concrete. well to my surprise there is another concrete floor about the same level as rest give or take a bit. What gives? I know the house was built in the 1800's and I'm sure a lot of changes were made but wonder why they would raise that area? I know its been there since before 1966 as that is when my parents bought the house.....anyone have any ideas
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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-28-2020, 04:24 PM
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Maybe they built up that section for a wood-burning stove...? Any signs of a hole for a chimney around...? I can see where they may have made a form, fill with dirt (save money) and then the upper layer of concrete...?

Are there any cracks in the bottom layer of concrete...? Does the bottom layer of concrete match up with the surrounding concrete...?

Maybe it was a platform for steps coming down from a storm door...?

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Odd but the older a house is the more likely there are weird things like that. My basement has an interior wall with actual windows in it - glass and all. We think maybe the grade around the house was raised a good 6 feet in the 60s.

One possibility is water leaks and that was to create a barrier. Awfully strange to have that thin a layer of dirt. Seems like it would have been easier and cheaper to simply make a wood platform. Hope you don't find a body under there.

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well some of the mystery is solved, I contacted an older brother and he said there used to be a huge oil burning furnace that took up almost all of that area when we were kids. I don't recall that at all but it might give reason for the raised part. back in the late 60's early 70's some time it was removed to give way for the tiny natural gas furnace. on the other side of the basement. hell the new one I just installed las year isn't much bigger than a good sized cooler....I know from gutting 3 floors of the house it never had rads anywhere so it must have been just a furnace and not a boiler
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Well, that resolves that "burning" question...
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I remain suspicious...
This calls for a ground scanning radar.
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This calls for a ground scanning radar.

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I wonder what you'd find if you drilled a small hole and poked a camera down there. Maybe you have something interesting down there. Remember that refrigerators were first introduced in the '20s, and in some rural areas, they still had cellars. In the neighborhood as a kid, there was at least one house with a crude cellar, and down the block was a bomb shelter deep underground. You got my curiosity going.

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I'm sure it was for the furnace. I have the same issue only mine was for a steam boiler. I know it was a boiler because when I moved in there were three boilers. Whenever a new one was needed they just added it and left the old one in place.
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