Were you expecting more pictures of decorations? Nope, this is more of a state-of-the-kitchen-at-Christmas update.
Troy has begun reinforcing/building up the support beam across the ceiling. It was mentioned in the very first kitchen post. Here is the best picture I could find of it:
Troy started by filling in all the openings between each of the wall studs from the second floor. That stopped a lot of cold drafts from falling into the kitchen. He also had to trim off all the studs that were sticking out the bottom and cut the bottom of the boards level.
Once that was done, he could begin to rebuild it. He has started to apply 2x6s to the bottom of the beam with glue and nails. After each layer, the beam is jacked up to a slight arch shape.
Although Troy had already seen that there had been a fire in the kitchen at some point, this work has revealed just how much damage had been done. He thinks they're lucky the whole house didn't go. And it's made him wonder if that was when they decided to build out onto the porch. (If you have to replace part of the wall anyway...)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
I managed to pick up Isaac from O'Hare today and Tom and Clures arrived yesterday.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
When working on an old house, it is not uncommon to find clues about how old it is. Old house archeology if you will. Based on the types and thicknesses of lumber, and the kind of nails and so on, we already know the house was built in several stages.
We think the most recent stage was the kitchen addition, where the kitchen swallowed the porch. Since I ran across waferboard, that told me it had to be in the 70's or later. I'm so old, I remember vividly when wafterboard (aspenite, chipboard, etc) came out.
While tearing up the floor, I ran across two artifacts. One was a religious tract dated in the early 70's, titled, "WILL MANKIND DESTROY ITSELF?" This was a product of the Watchtower publishing house, an arm of the Jehovah's Witnesses. This, together with the six-pack rings were used to shim up part of the floor. I found the juxtaposition of a beer product and a cult religious pamphlet to be amusing.
As an interesting side note, the Witnesses have predicted several times about when the last great battle will occur (Armageddon), when Jesus will return, and the resurrection of the dead. To date, they have been 100% wrong, which looks bad when you are a self proclaimed prophetic organization. Like many cults, the followers do not seem to be overly alarmed by their abysmal batting average.
Ultimately, they will probably get it "right" by accident. If you predict the end of the world long enough...
I prefer my nice conservative orthodox Christian Reformed denomination.
At any rate, we should all be ready to meet our maker, since we will all end up face to face as it were, in the next hundred years.
posted 12/18/2010 10:47:00 AM
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