Saturday, April 5, 2014

Old stair header

Dump run yesterday morning.

With great renovation comes great responsibility.  And by great responsibility I mean: a lot of trash.  Truckloads.

For the past few months, my back slab has been an adhoc landfill for construction debris.  i'd take a picture of it, but I'm honestly too embarrassed to post it.

In clearing out some of the rubble, I came across a legendary piece of house memorabilia: The 1x that was holding up about 1/3 of the entire second floor.

1x featured in pink above (stairwell opening)

Now, this was a major event that got zero coverage here on this weblog.  I have been meaning to post about it for a while, but probably due to lacunar amenesia, I just can't seem to revisit the event.   In case I never get around to typing it up. Over Christmas "vacation", I put the house on two temporary walls going down to the basement, cut out the structural beam holding up the center of the house. and replaced it with an LVL.

Why was structural beam in bold type in the above paragraph? Well, that's my attempt at sarcasm via the internet.  The "beam" was a wimpy 7/8" thick piece of material.  Now I'm no professional engineer, but a beam about as thick as my thumb probably isn't sufficient enough to hold up an entire house.. right?

Apparently, common sense wasn't the previous builders' strong suit. (Thanks guys, no wonder my entire 2nd floor was sinking!)

Well, I put an end to that by designing and installing something fit to carry the load upstairs.   And, for your viewing pleasure, here is what I took to the dump this morning... Allow me to present, the piece of wood that held this house up for many, many years:

Slab cam

Stay tuned..I will post pictures of the structural work I did to the house.

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