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It took a bit, but I bashed out the brick that was in the door sill, and discovered that the previous idiot owner had simply nailed raw 2x4s to the concrete underneath. Untreated wood in proximity to concrete rots. The sill pretty much just crumbled to dust, and had let enough moisture in that the brickwork was pretty much destroyed anyway.

Unfortunately, it's been that way for a while, and that means there is more damage underneath. I partially exposed the floor joists in the breezeway, and the ends of those are rotted too, though not to the degree of the (former) sill.

For now, the whole thing is just going to be covered up. It's not going to collapse over the winter. It does answer the question of how I can access the underside of the floor, since I'm going to have to do it anyway.

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molasses
Nov. 26th, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
your bottom lip
i like it when you say
joist
sageincave
Nov. 26th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)

arrgh old houses.
magicmarmot
Nov. 26th, 2008 11:31 am (UTC)
Yep. It wouldn't have been so bad if the former owner wasn't such a dimwit.
g33kgoddess
Nov. 26th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
If I had a nickle for every time WE said, "The former owner...". Former owners who muddle their way through home improvements and cover them up are the bane of home ownership. Ours cost us dearly in repairs over the years.

Sorry to hear that.
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