10:41PM | 05/15/05
Member Since: 05/15/05
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1920s house in the south. Poured concrete foundations and partial concrete basement floor (original). The rest is red dirt. A portion of the basement is an apartment and as far as I can tell, the original pine flooring was laid on joists placed directly on the concrete. The walls are pine paneling and go directly down to the concrete. There's rotting anywhere between 2-4 inches up the paneling, on the joists I can feel there and on the ends of the flooring next to the foundation. I'm thinking I might have to tear it all apart but hate the thought. I don't know where the moisture comes from, but I suspect it's through the foundation--at the base of the foundation I can peel off paint and a few chunks of concrete come too. The house is on a hill and where the apartment is the foundation goes two feet below grade. I drylocked the foundation wall in one room, but the fact that interior walls were also rotted worries me. Thoughts? Could condensation between the concrete floor and the wood possilby be the cause?


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