Project Journal

Foundational Problems
by Robert Fortunato on April 18th, 2011 No Comments

Wanting to save as much of the existing building as possible, we wrestled with skinning the stucco off the building; but in the end we are glad we did.  In 1959 the original builders poured the foundations too low.  Therefore the stucco was wicking moisture into the mudsills and rim joists for 50 years.  Even though the lumber looked good from the crawlspace, the moisture and termites destroyed them.  In the future we will be ensuring that the wood is separated from the dirt and moisture!  We will be detailing how we do that in a future post…

Termite and Moisture rot on Mudsill and Rim Joist

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