Slanted House Beam Pockets
I'm trying to resupport the main beam of my house and part of that process involves replacing the badly compressed existing wood shims in the beam pockets with steel ones. Unfortuately,the pockets the beam is in are slanted and very uneven. From what I can see the uneveness and slanting of the bottoms of the beam pockets was caused by someone chiseling out the bottoms of the pockets after the foundation was poured. Anyway, I'd like to somehow level out the bottoms of the beam pockets so I can use steel versus wood shims. I was thinking of using some sort of epoxy that bonds well to concrete, but worry that the epoxy won't have enough compression strenght. Any thoughts you have regarding the use of epoxy to straighten the pockets and/or any other ideas you have would be sincerely appreciated.