Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Walls are Falling! The Walls are Falling!

I WISH I was Chicken Little.

The mason we chose to do the brickwork (Mason #2) came over to start work today. Since we hadn't yet replaced the too-small window or removed the excess wood from the windows, they started on the corners... they are doing a beautiful job so far! The mortar and bricks are matching almost seamlessly.

We removed the excess wood from the windows while they worked on the brick. It's the light tan wood in this picture, and was used to bring the window trim out beyond the siding:

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It was obscuring some of the repairs needed.

Then the mason called us over to look at a couple sample patches for the nail holes. We decided that a particular mix of clay might work the best. As we watched, he pushed the clay into the nail hole... AND THE WHOLE WALL MOVED INWARDS.

The window frames were keeping the walls from moving.

We know what is happening... the two wyeths of brick that form the cavity wall are separating. They should have been laid with a Flemish course (using bricks laid the short way to tie the wyeths together) when it was built. Now we will have to find a way to tie these wyeths together 100 years later.

We have a structural engineer coming out at 9 am tomorrow... please send us your good thoughts. I have no idea how much this is going to cost. It sure sounds expensive. Wish us luck.

11 comments:

Green Fairy said...

Oh, dear. I'll definitely be sending positive thoughts your way! Hang in there.

Jayne said...

Oh, gosh. Oh, my. My heart just sank when I read that post. I'll hope & pray things turn out alright. I know you must be really discouraged right now. I second green fairy: Hang in there.

Allie said...

Oh no! Thinking good thoughts for you! Hope there's a simple solution.

Amalie said...

Oh no. You're getting all my lucky wishes today-- 11:11, pennies, shooting stars. They're all yours.

A third "hang in there" from me, and you have to keep us posted...

NV said...

Jeez. You guys need to cut a break here. C'mon Tiny Old House -- they're tryin' to help you. Help 'em back by making things go a little smoother. :-)
Loads of positive energy headed your way.

denise said...

Oh no—c'mon I need something good to happen this week, so I deem that it should come from you! Positive vibes coming your way.

Jenni said...

Sending good vibes your way. Double Yikes!!!

Jen said...

Oh what a scary thing to see happen! I hope there is a quick elegant fix for it :(

Cotterpin said...

I'll be keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you! Good luck!

Chile said...

Oh. My. Gosh! Calm breathing, calm breathing...

Amanda said...

No problem! Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Great blog! I'm going to add you to my blogroll, I like what I see!