06:35AM | 11/10/05
Member Since: 11/09/05
4 lifetime posts
I am thinking of purchasing an 1890's center Chimney colonial. The house needs a lot of work that needs to be done. One of my major concerns is the disintegration of the wood.

Under the siding the clapboard and maybe the sheathing has decayed and crumbles in your hand under the aluminum siding, the frames around the window are decayed. I will be residing the house and installing new window so those issues will be mitigated (I Hope).

My main concern is the dirt floor basement. It looks like the beams are decaying or infested with either a post beetle or termites or maybe water damage (I have yet to get an inspector and a contractor to look at it). I do notice places on the first floor where it looks like the floor is bowing.

I want to know the best way to mitigate this. I am assuming I will need to have an experiences contractor build new beams and post but how do you recommend that they built, how far apart and how deep and

I am assuming that since the basement is dirt floor I will need to foot the support beams in cement.

Should the support beams be made of metal?

Any advice you could provide...even something I may be over looking would be greatly appreciated.


12:50PM | 11/20/05
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
You are jumpoing way ahead to specifics the contractor can handle.

What you need to know now is that you will need very deep pockets to own this house

Excellence is its own reward!

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