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Well, it looks pretty much like the front porch work will be significantly delayed.

Fixing the foundation has become paramount, and I can't afford to do both the foundation and the framing this week. So the framing will have to wait until spring.

I am really, really disappointed.

On the other hand, it makes the radiant floor heat idea much simpler to accomplish now.


Part of the problem was that the porch was made with no venting at all. The water that ran in had no place to go, so it soaked into the foundation brick.
Those bricks aren't normal bricks. They are made of cement and sand, and most of the cement was gone. Its like the bricks were made of sandstone. And really the underside of the porch smells a lot like a musty old cave.
Damp bricks. Freeze/thaw cycles. Collapsed foundation.

We got in early enough to open up the place underneath, and got several floor jacks and pads to support the main concrete slab that is the porch floor. That is perfect. It is very very solid.

Now we have to get underneath again and make concrete forms for a new pour.

This time, I'm adding ventilation, and an access door.


I'll have pictures up before too long. It's frightening. It looks like an archaeological dig.

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