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Question DetailsAsked on 9/29/2016

What would the charge be to jack up a small garage 16' x 16' square and replace 3 4" x 6" beams?

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Depends a LOT on accessibility underneath, how the beams are fastened to the garage, etc - if just slid in underneath as support beams, like with a shed, might be as cheap as around $400 labor and $150 for the wood - plus any brackets needed, which would be required if a garage and going to be "per code".

If hornets nests, badgers, wolverines, or skunks living under there expect a hefty "exotic pet) surcharge ifyou don't clear them out first.

I would definitely recommend ground-contact rated copper-treated All Weather Wood (the green treated timber) - about 15% more expensive (for the materials only) than untreated wood but lasts probably 4-5 times as long. And should be shimmed up at least 4 inches above ground on supporting concrete blocks if at all possible to further reduce rot and insect infestation potential.

Normal contractor would be a House Mover (your Search the List category) - though if this is a light structure as I am visualizing and NOT connected to a house (so a detached garage) many Carpenter - Framing contractors will do it too.

If jacking up and putting up a bit higher on blocks, be sure to consider any appraoch ramp changes needed - also be sure there is slack in any utilities running into the garage and any floor drains or such which might have to be cut free first - and of course adds to cost and probably moves this to a General Contractor job.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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