If housejacking sounds like something dangerous, that’s because it is. What else would you call deploying more than a dozen jacks to lift a 75-ton house on the Jersey Shore a few inches at a time — as detailed by Tracey Samuelson for NJ Spotlight partner WHYY/NewsWorks.
Housejacking is a key component of the effort to reclaim the Shore by building stronger and higher, shifting houses out of harm’s way before the next superstorm batters the Jersey coast.
It’s also a booming business, so much so that one “jacker” from Louisiana moved his family north so he can be where and when he’s needed. (His 16-year-old son is part of the business.)
So what does shifting a Point Pleasant home off its foundation sound like? WHYY/NewsWorks’ podcast is an aural portrait of the strain and struggle, without breaking a sweat.