Posted 09-10-2007 at 07:05:23
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I pulled up another 6 boards this morning - only about 12 left to go, then I can start pulling down the ceiling. These are Pine boards, and they are coming up nicely.
We do need to pull up the entire floor, as we have to replace several joists. I expect to find more rot in the east end, based on what we could see from underneath.
Once we get down to the dirt, we'll be jacking up the house to replace the rotted out sill plate. Planning on buying a few large bottle jacks and more braces. That is scheduled for the first week in October, so I've got to get it all ready in the next three weeks.
And we are also moving the walls and stairs. We need to make sure we have adequate support in the floor for this too.
This house is ballon framed, so the only thing keeping the walls from spreading and slipping off the foundation are the joists. So it is important we fix this problem before the wall starts bowing out in the middle. It would not be the first wall we've had to pull back into place. Come-a-longs work nice for that.
When we bought this house, it was questionable if it would be better to tear it down and start over. If we had hired someone else to do the work, starting over would be much cheaper. Too much of the rot happened a long time ago, and none of the previous owners fixed the problems, they just covered them up and hoped it would last long enough for them to sell.
Our goal is that this house will stand for another 100 years when we are done.