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Can the top of the foundation wall be angled to widen basement stairway

The short answer is yes. Concrete is cut and ground with a diamond tools. Also, a stone mason could work the foundation back by hand,with hammer and chisels. But I’m not the one that is going to ...
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Can the top of the foundation wall be angled to widen basement stairway

I am no engineer, but I do know what the building code requires for foundation walls, and they require particular wall thicknesses for good reason. To "thin" the wall down is not advised. ...
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Can the top of the foundation wall be angled to widen basement stairway

From an engineering perspective you may be able to remove a slice of that wall. The inner portion near the top where it isn't supporting any joists. It depends on how thick the wall is, and whether ...
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should I be concerned about this lally column, and should it be replaced?

This much rust damage is a concern. It's enough concern to make fixing this a high priority, take a look at it now, kind of concern. I'd suggest calling a structural engineer to come out to take a ...
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Okay to seal the gap between concrete foundation and sill plates from the outside using caulk or spray foam?

My preference would be Foam. It will compensate for thermal expansion avoiding cracking. It is water resistant and it will stop bugs. Example: UV resistant
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