November 8, 2011

Hilarious/Terrifying Things We See In Our House: Part Eight


I uncovered this corner of the foundation after taking off the "sun room."

I totally can't see it as being a problem. No way.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at November 8, 2011 5:34 AM
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ugg, got under there yesterday, ends up being a shoddy addition probably done back in the early 80s.

Its part of the kitchen entrance, they just rested the addition on the old stone foundation on 2 sides , added a 4x6 for support ,tacked up fiberglass batts in the joists and covered the whole thing by placing the stairs in front.

I'm going to build an access hatch in the deck, so I can tunnel rat back in the spring, rip out the failing batts and spray in an inch or 2 of foam insulation.
I'm always amazed at how one job bleeds into another.

Posted by: Kevin at November 12, 2011 11:09 AM

Ugh, I'm so glad this isn't my house. How have you not run away from this thing yet?

Posted by: jeff_williams at November 9, 2011 3:36 PM

Joe, good to hear from you. Glad you like the posts. I have mixed emotions about them. If it wasn't my house, I'd probably like them a little more. I've got a couple doozies coming up, so stay tuned...

Posted by: Tool Snob at November 9, 2011 5:56 AM

no problem at all ,that's just good ol', time proven, yankee construction methods :)

Funny,I found a doozy myself last weekend when building a new deck, it involves a ledger board to nowhere, no supports, and a bizarre secret crawl space formed from a haphazard home addition.

Posted by: Kevin at November 8, 2011 12:55 PM

I love these posts. I never know what I'm going to see when I click on the link.

You might want to put the "band-aid" back on this one. What's the plan? If it includes demo'ing any of the concrete, I'd think about putting some beams and temp posts in the basement in that corner to help carry the load during the changes.

Posted by: Joe 'the Pro' Sainz at November 8, 2011 10:14 AM
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