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Blog Cabin 2011: House Lifting

A team of construction professionals lifts Blog Cabin 2011 seven feet above the flood plain in preparation for construction of a new foundation.

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Pressurizing the Jack Pads

Scott Matyiko operates the control panel that hydraulically elevates the home. Each dial represents a jack pad that is pressurized to lift the home at 4,000 pounds per square inch. Once each jack pad is locked and loaded, the lever is pulled to lift the house. The home is raised slowly to ensure stability and prevent damage.

Before the advent of hydraulic technology, homes were jacked up by crews of 100-plus people, who cranked jacks in unison.



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