A new education in old construction

Buying a 112 year old house has been interesting to say the least. I have learned:

Always check the water in the toilet bowl to see if the floor is tilting. That’s one place you can see a tilt right away.
Shake shingles don’t have plywood under them. Guess I should have known that one, since they were around before plywood.
Balloon framing has studs that run straight from floor to ceiling with hollow walls. Bad for heating purposes… and fires that start in them spread quickly throughout the walls-floor to ceiling. (Answer: insulate.)
Kitchen cabinets at the time were PAINTED! From the start, they were painted white, rather than left with a wood look. Enamel paints were new (lead based) and could be washed more easily than wood.
Radon gas detector is a must.

But also, framing was simpler. Construction design was sturdy, but would be easier for an amateur to duplicate.

I still plan to redo the wiring. And insulate the walls. The back porch (with the bathroom on it) is sagging badly, but “sistering” the joists with new boards, releveling them and jacking the old ones up would help a lot. So would two layers of subfloor…

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

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