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Some more work done. The wall where the window is is now exposed to the exterior sheathing on the top. It is damp enough that when I ran the scraper over it, water squeegeed to the top. I had to pull out the old balsam wool insulation, because having it get wet leaches the fireproofing out of it.

Some of the studs have some rot. Luckily, they're right next to the chimney, so they're not crucial, and the rot is not through-and-through, but surface. It's repairable.

I have to pull the rest of the lath off of that wall and let the air get to it to dry it out. The center wall above the mantle is plaster on top of brick, and is in pretty good shape, but for the edges. I'm probably going to frame it over and route cabling there for the TV after all is done.

The window wall on the right hand side needs the same treatment too.

Really, I should do this with all the external walls and get rid of the balsam wool entirely. Aside from getting rid of the flammable insulation and replacing it with non-flammable and more efficient insulation, it also gives me a chance to rewire and get rid of the knob-and-tube wiring, and once and for all fix the badly patched plaster.

Not gonna happen soon.


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Feb. 25th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Whoa! This project of yours is fascinating to me. It seems to keep GROWING..

I love seeing the insides of the walls.
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
When I bought the house, I knew it was a fixer-upper. I got it for a good price knowing it needed work. What I didn't know was just how much work it needed.

The new roof and siding have taken care of most of the leaks. This one with the chimney is infuriating though, as it's particularly difficult to get to.

And there is the constant buzz of the wings of the foreclosure fairy hovering just outside. Part of me is kind of drawn to the idea that if I have to lose the house, I can leave it gutted like some diseased carcass, but I'd much rather be able to keep it and make it something more than it was.

And it is definitely a learning process. If I ever get the chance to design and build my own domicile/studio, there are a whole lot of gotchas I know to watch for.

The downside is that it's a lot of work, and it's dirty, messy, infuriating work. I found a squirrel nest in the wall the hard way-- by having it rain down on my head-- and even through the dust mask I apparently managed to inhale some of it into my sinuses.

Ah, such is fame.

No, wait, this is nothing like fame.
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, fame is having someone to snort squirrel dirt for you.
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
When I finally have my career as a pretentious artist, then I'll hire hot unemployed college coeds to snort my squirrel dirt for me.

Then I will look at them disdainfully.
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
is the chimney worth keeping?
Feb. 25th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Since it also vents the boiler, absolutely.
Feb. 25th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Focus on this bit first, before the scope-creep is upon you! Is there any way to use a heat lamp or fan or something to speed up the drying out process?
Feb. 25th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yep. For now I've got a fan working on it. I have a nice infrared heater to double up if necessary, but I'm not exactly rushing it. I don't exactly have a linear mooseload of money to throw at it right now.
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