|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.