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That Old House
How many out there know what a box house is? The old house at Lakeview, Oregon that was torn down to make room for the new one,was just that. It's outside walls were 1x12 boards nailed vertically to a plate at the top,and a plate at the bottom. These boards were overlapped about two inches. The siding was not bad looking when one stood outside looking at it.The inside walls looked exactly the same,in fact they were the same,just the back side or front side,however one wanted to describe it. It worked just fine until the cold weather moved in. You see, the reason why this wasn't a good idea to build a house like this at Lakeview was because it is at the elevation of 4800 ft,and it gets mighty cold there in the winter time. There was no room to put insulation between the walls becuase there was no inside. The house was built many years before my wifes folks moved into it,and just as sure as I am sitting here typing this, I can safely say that when they built the house there wasn't a carpenter in the bunch. When the wind blew, the curtains swayed as if they were outside. This was not good when it was 20 below outside. We tore it down to make room for the new house,but it put up a fight. It was strong,and wouldn't hardly give in to being pulled over with the tractor. Les Warner Eugene,Or

Submitted By: Les Warner from OR on 2008-02-04

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