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What Lies Beneath

When Ed pulled up the subfloor of the bathroom, he discovered one of those "oops" things that I hear are inevitable in a remodel: there wasn't all that much holding up the floor.

So he took out the wimpy and too-few joists he found, and today my bathroom was the bottomless pit.

Meet Ed.

These are the days when you begin to wonder what the hell you were thinking. Moving would have been easier and cheaper.

The view from the basement.

Ed's going to put new joists in across the new, reinforced sill he added. He's then going to straighten the wall and add some missing studs.

In short, he's tearing down my bathroom and building a whole new one.

He assures me that it's all going to be wonderful in the end. Right now, it looks like the pit of doom. The very, very expensive pit of doom.


Nov. 14th, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Well Crap!!!
See, this is why I laugh disdainfully at those home improvement shows, where everything is plumb and square and things go together like Legos. You poor baby! It's amazing what the original builders of our houses got away with! When I tore the roof off of my block house, and looked down inside the blocks making up the walls? Hollow! Yup - no rebar, no concrete, nothin'! Why my house was still standing is a great mystery. So, I had to buy a shitload of rebar and drop it down inside each cell, and then pay for a concrete pump to come and fill in the blocks. Now when my yooooge eucalyptus tree drops a massive branch on my roof? I just chuckle and pat the tree and say, nice try hon, but my house ain't gonna squish now! Ha!!! The good news? You'll feel so much more secure after it's all done. Great pictures, by the way. *waves howdy to Ed!*
Nov. 14th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Well Crap!!!
Heh. Yeah, those home improvement shows are all sponsored by Home Depot, who want you to come in and buy ten-thousand bits and parts and tools on the off-chance that you'll be able to Do It Yourself before you call in the pros, who also buy all their bits and parts at Home Depot.

Actually, I wasn't surprised. What was wrought in a western American city in 1906 had nothing to do with building codes, and the concept of "major earthquake" didn't exist up here. And this was, after all, just a back porch. The house itself, to which the porch is appended, is pretty stout.

I expect to feel very warm, snug, and secure in my new bathroom once it's done. For the astonishing per-square-foot cost, I'd better.



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