Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Post Replacement: Day 1
Things are about to pick up speed here with our tenants leaving and the work starting. The tenants have until midnight tonight and they seem to be waiting until the last possible moment to vacate completely. Thadeus has moved out but the other two are still up there and seem to be having slumber parties every night. I can't for the life of me imagine what they are sleeping on since I swore I saw them move out all the beds. Not my problem I guess.
Miro came yesterday and put the temporary screw jacks in place to support the building, while the old posts were removed and the new footings were dug and the concrete poured.
Above, you can see the temporary jack.
Here, you can see the reason why we have to add an additional post. Some genius comprimised the structure of the building to run radiator pipes through a beam. We believe it's original to the building. This additional post clutters up the basement a bit more, but we'll deal with it for now.
Here's a shot of one of the footings.
And here's a shot of one of the removed and rotted posts.
We wish we could afford the permanent solution, which would be steel, but with all the other work we are doing right now, we just can't. Down the road, if we dig out the basement and finish it, we will replace the wood with steel beams and then we can eliminate many posts and make a better space.