03:15PM | 08/30/02
Member Since: 08/29/02
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My grandparent's home is one that has been in the family since 1921. My husband and I may live there one day. Unfortunately, it has some serious problems.
It is a 2 story brick house built in the 1860s. When my grandfather moved in as an adult in the forties, the bricks had begun crumbling. With very little money to spend, he fixed it as he could, by filling the holes with concrete (!) and then painting the whole house to deter any further crumbling. He has kept it well over the years, repainting and repairing as necessary.
I was aghast, though,to go to the attic and see the walls. The plaster had fallen off and the bricks were turning to powder. I touched one on the chimney and probably 1/2 cup of powder glided to the floor.
Where does this piece of my family stand? Is there any hope for it?
I've wondered what happened, perhaps it was poorly fired bricks with bad outer surfaces. I then think, maybe there's no cure. I certainly hope that's not the case, though.
Any insight into what caused this and where to go from here would be greatly appreciated.
I thank you all in advance.


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