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Mortar Bored

When you gut a house, you get to see how it’s been messed up. The carelessly notched joists, outdated wiring, crotchety plumbing, and uselessly soggy insulation are boldly on display, and the necessary fixes are usually pretty evident. If the joist sags, … Continue reading

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Levelling the Floor: Part I

Drop a marble to the floor of an old house and it’ll probably roll a bit until it gets stuck in a cupped floorboard or a valley where a whole section of floor has sunk. The reasons for this are legion. The … Continue reading

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Santa Stymied

Taking the chimney down wasn’t really on my Christmas to-do list. Patricia’s logic was unassailable, though. If the chimney were taken down on the first and second floors, what was left of it in the basement could save us money. … Continue reading

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The Natural History of the Nail, or, There Will Be Blood

And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance without weight…  1 Chronicles 22:3 History Were King David still acting as the contractor for the construction … Continue reading

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