Before you starting reading, grab the tissues, or maybe a dust mask, or perhaps a bottle of hand sanitizer. This is, I
hope pray, as bad is it gets when it comes to depressing home renovations. But I fear it’s not.
The basement is unfinished save for one set of built in closets. Which is to say the entire foundation of the house is visible, fully exposed, except for the three-foot area where a 15 foot-long closet meets the wall. According to Murphy’s Law, this is where the crack in the foundation revealed at our inspection* should be found. Indeed, it is.
Water seeps in through the cracks during rainstorms (something we seem to have had at least three times a week, each week since our inspection in April or May).
In order for the foundation crack sealers to give us a repair quote, we needed to find and expose the crack. Which meant removing a little bit of drywall. Or so I naively thought.
I will plan a post about how to remove drywall. These were my tools. Plus safety goggles. Oprah was my guide.
Except that I found some water damage from a flood that I suspects occured in the 1980s. It affected the first 10 or so inches on ONE piece of drywall, so it likely affected the nearby drywall. Right?
This was followed by the need to do more removal work to uncover the crack which spurred this whole project on.
The previous owner, AB, the man who literally built this house back in the mid-1950s left a couple of surprises behind. (Sadly, no money; though I thought about tucking a few bucks behind the studs just for a quick photo just to mess with you, but I believe the owner’s daughters, their real estate agent and ours sometimes check in on my blogs and I didn’t want to raise a whole ruckus, even though we rightfully own everything left in the house. And again, there was no money.)
AB dated a few of the studs, so we know he built the workshop wall (behind the back of the closet) on October 12, 1966, but the actual closet was not constructed until 1980. I love that he not only signed the main closet stud, but also left this behind:
Speaking of closet studs, check this out.
Yeah, that’s the Husband lending some muscle to the project. Reluctantly.
*The house, an estate sale, was sold “as is.” I believe this is legal speak for, “You can’t sue us even if the garage roof caves in on your car.”