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unixronin: Front view of the Caer in summer (House)
Saturday, November 7th, 2009 07:53 pm

I've been promising (on LJ, at least) a photopost for a while now about the Great Reconstruction.  Well, it kinda went on and on as we found more problems, and the number of photos grew and grew, and ... well, to cut a long story short, instead of making a massive journal photopost, I've put the story on our webserver instead.

You can find the whole saga, to date, here.

"To date"?  Well, yes.  We were hoping to have the floor of the rebuilt hallway re-tiled by now.  But that's another story.  The pages will get one final update when the floor is done.  Trust us.  Would we lie to you?

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unixronin: Front view of the Caer in summer (House)
Saturday, September 12th, 2009 02:37 pm

After tearing out the rest of the rotten wood from the entryway, we've found that the rot goes under the corner of Pirate's floor, and that there is improperly repaired water damage all across the front of the house at the foundation line. When they repaired it before, they did not go all the way across the front of the house, they did a poor job of the repairs they did, and they used the wrong materials.  The facing board at the bottom of the wall was just low-quality strand board, not even exterior grade, the new stucco they put over the top of it was poorly applied, and the cement cap they put on top of the foundation wall doesn't seal properly to the stucco.  A third of the sill plate is rotted out, and most of the floor joists have rot in the outer ends.  (Fortunately, the rot mostly does not extend beyond the sill plate, or the house would be subsiding on that side.)

This is going to be an even bigger and more expensive repair job than we previously thought.