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Blog entry by littlecope posted 06-08-2020 02:25 PM 619 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the precious time off, the Home Improvement work continues…
This has been staring at me for five years now (little holding it up other than sawdust)...

Before I could start on that however, some “shoring-up” in that area of the Basement was necessary.
Began by pulling the electrical staples in order to get the wiring out of the way…

Old, dead telephone landline wires abound here! I encountered four more here, bringing the total to 7 (so far) that have been removed…

When the beams were cleared of wires, I somehow managed to thread a couple of 2×6 up there, through the boiler pipes, to sister-up with the rotted beam next to it…

With the limited space, nothing larger than 2×6 would fit, so they were doubled… Another, temporary floor jack was added on the other side of that rotted timber (which will ultimately be removed as well)

The room above (my office) is held up by three large timbers… The only damaged one was the one that was just reinforced…
But the other two (substantial though they are) are spaced nearly 3’ apart (a whopping 34” on center!)
I took the time to place another beam between them, same process, only much easier this time (no boiler pipes in the way)

There is one course of bricks over the top of the window opening and I would really rather not re-lay them, so every effort was made to keep them where they are!

The ledge had to be chipped away at a bit, then a wee, little cement form was made and perhaps the worst cement pour in history was accomplished…

Cover it over and wait a day…

On Saturday, after the cement had dried, short work was made of framing the opening once with 2×10…

And then framing it once again with 2×6…

Cover it over for the time being, bury it, and I’m looking for the next project… :)

8 June 2020

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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lew

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#1 posted 06-08-2020 03:31 PM

Wow, Mike, that is quite to undertaking. How old is your house?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-08-2020 03:39 PM

I kind of like those projects that once you begin, you cannot take a break or quit until it is all done.

Looks like you can rest easier knowing it is fixed and fixed well!

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littlecope

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#3 posted 06-08-2020 04:00 PM

They tell me the house was built in 1900 Lew. This spot that I’m working on, was the entrance for and where the damage occurred from termites… I have had it looked at twice, and they tell me that the bugs were here but are oddly not here now? So I’m removing and replacing what they damaged and hopefully closing up this avenue for them for good…
The house sill needs a short section changed out as well (I’ll visit that soon!), but fixing the window and adding those joists stabilized the office floor a lot!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 02:00 AM

HI Mike, Looks like you are doing well. Good job, I’ll bet you really notice the difference. Termites require moisture. There may have been a leak dripping in that area when they were there.

I should have taken a few pictures under my mother’s house. It is a ramble with post and beam construction. The contractor set the beams on the post. There is supposed to be a gusset for earthquake protection. Many of them were not even toe nailed. The worst was where 2 beams met on top a post without anything but gravity to keep them there. Good thing I beat the earthquake ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-09-2020 06:28 PM

Doing very well Bob, after a coupla bumps in the road…
I think you’re right, while I had my head stuck up in the cobwebs, I saw a hole in the sill that was likely for an old garden hose set-up… If that old one leaked (and why else would they have moved it?), it would have provided ample moisture for termites…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 06-09-2020 07:00 PM

They are chronic here in Water World. One night a drill when I was a volunteer fireman there was a dust cloud in eh statin that had a gable roof. It was terminates chewing away! ;-) I was always concerned about them and carpenter ants. I see them out on patrol every spring looking for a house to chew on. After I found out they both require some moisture I quit working about them and started checking for any leaks more often. A piece of wood laid on the ground here will probably have both in a few months.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 06-11-2020 12:01 AM

looking good there michael
place is coming along nicely

the thing about these long range projects
when you burn out or run out of materials
or get something done on them
and go off to another
you can be thinking of what still needs doing there
and maybe a better new idea might pop up

course with hundreds of ‘new ideas’ for all the projects
sometimes laying on the sofa
can be the best idea

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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