>The Icky Basement…


The Basement Files

Here it is – as promised and of course looked forward to – a picture of the glorious basement.  Now keep in mind this gem of a cellar gave us some serious pause when considering the purchase of the home. 
Let me describe what you are viewing here:

  • The stairs at a less than ideal angle with cinder block landing and wooden “gang plank” to keep you out of the wetness
  • At the front is a fallen down chimney which rests upon a stone slab tableau.  One side of the stone is being held up with crumbled material – not sure what.
  • The dark spots on the floor are wetness
  • The plumbing above the washer is new – it was updated when the septic system went in.  I wish I had a picture of the previous configuration.  The plumber said he would like to take a picture of it to “show his class”.  That is never a good sign…
Posts under beam

Here is a close-up of the stairs.  T added two support columns under the (undersized) beam.  The beam is too small and failing to hold up the house which is causing the stairs and kitchen floor to sink.

T borrowed a special drill from a friend so he can drill through the concrete floor (thankfully in this case the concrete is not very thick) and dig new footers for new stair supports.

We hired a contractor to come re-support the beam and jack up the sinking house and rebuild the stairs.  We gave him a check for supplies in February and haven’t seen him since…  Also not a good sign.  T has taken to calling him every day to try and get a time frame out of him.  You think you can throw money at someone and get the job done – but that is so not the case!

More pics of T’s cement work coming soon…I think those pictures are in his camera.


One Response to >The Icky Basement…

  1. M Aman says:

    Hi! My name is Mel Aman and I’m a producer for a show called “Disaster House” on the DIY network (link here: http://www.diynetwork.com/disaster-house/show/index.html
    ). I’d love to chat with you about sharing your sinking house story for the show – but couldn’t find an email on your site!

    If you wouldn’t mind sending me a quick email, I can email over all the information for the show. If it’s a good fit, we do offer compensation.

    Thanks so much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    Mel Aman

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