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Renovation Fail

by Prince Of Petworth May 11, 2010 at 11:30 am 25 Comments

“Dear PoP,

Owner was trying to excavate a basement. Party wall slid down the hole and brought floors with it; both the owner’s and the neighbors. DCRA had to take the roof off with a crane. The arch is the only thing keeping both houses from total collapse.

Lesson for anyone thinking of excavating their crawlspace into a full basement: don’t dig a 12 foot deep hole under your house.”


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This is on the 200 block of Morgan St, NW near Dunbar High School.

We looked at a successful basement dig out here.

A couple more photos after the jump.

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