Concrete against wood garage


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Old 03-20-18, 09:01 AM
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Concrete against wood garage

I recently moved into a home where the concrete inside the outdoor garage doesn't reach the frame of the garage (the garage is made of wood). Because of this, mice and squirrels are digging in the soil outside the garage, going under the garage, and getting into the garage since only dirt touches the frame of the garage on the inside.

Due to this, I'd like to have concrete touch the indoor frame of the garage to stop mice, and more, from digging their way in.

I know concrete can't touch wood, so what can I place against the frame of the garage before pouring the concrete? The garage isn't a perfect square, so I'd need something flexible but also thin enough so the concrete gets extremely close to the frame to stop mice and squirrels from getting in.

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Old 03-20-18, 09:31 AM
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A picture would really help understand what you need to do. Here is a link that shows you how to insert or attach a picture.
 
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Old 03-20-18, 03:36 PM
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A picture would really help understand what you need to do. Here is a link that shows you how to insert or attach a picture.
@Pilot Dane, here are the photos. You can see the wood garage and it's beams, and everything circled in pink is the dirt, and in front of it is the concrete. As you can see, the concrete doesn't touch the garage, and the dirt is where the mice and squirrels are getting in from. I want to know what I can place against the wood and around the beams so that I can pour concrete over all the dirt. Thanks!


 
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Hmm. I think I would begin by excavating the dirt out between each vertical stud. Then tell us what you find. I'm guessing that there is/was a sill plate horizontally, that each stud is/was nailed to. It's likely all that has rotted away, but maybe not.

I'm also interested to know or see what you find before I suggest any sort of repair.
 
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Old 03-21-18, 05:24 AM
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My first reaction would be to say you should not put masonry next to untreated wood but it looks like you sort of have that situation already and "proper" construction methods have already been thrown out the window. I would dig a test hole outside right next to your garage to see if there is a footer. If there is then you already have a concrete barrier underneath the wall that would prevent animals from easily tunneling in.
 
 

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