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Subject: Wall Repair in 1822 Home

Date: August, 2006

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Our customer reports:
This house was built in 1822. It is a classic Greek Revival, similar to many in the central New York area built in the early 1800’s. It has twelve rooms, four fireplaces and about 4,500 square feet of livable area. The area in the pictures shows the mortise and tenon construction at one of the corners of the house. Note the diagonal bracing and the mortise and tenon construction. Also notice the massive size of the vertical and horizontal members. Notice also that the method of “insulation” that was used in that era was to build a frame house with inside lath and plaster and outside clapboards, but to fill the stud space with bricks and mortar as the “insulation”. –David K.

Foundation wall with dry deteriorated wood (1)

1. The foundation wall as it was found. Note the dry, deteriorated wood.

Foundatioin wall saturated with CPES (2)

2. The entire area has been saturated with CPES™ (Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer)*.

Foundation wall coated with Fill-It Epoxy Filler (3)

3. Fill-It™ Epoxy Filler* is carefully applied to entire deteriorated area. The Fill-It* chemically bonds with the CPES* treated wood.

Foundation wall coated with L&L mixed with sawdust as bedding for new wood (4)

4. A mixture of Layup & Laminating Resin* and wood flour are applied as bedding for new, lapped wood.

Foundation wall filled with lapped wood into the L&L/sawdust mixture (5)

5. The lapped wood is bedded into the Layup & Laminating*/wood flour mix.

Foundation wall, new wood treated with CPES (6)

6. The new wood has been treated with CPES* for protection.

Foundation wall filled with L&L/sawdust to fill to dimension using wire mesh (7)

7. Layup & Laminating Resin*/wood flour is added to bring repair to side wall dimensions. Wire mesh was used to hold resin mix in place.

* These products are unavailable, we are selling comparable products that will perform these same tasks. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance with which products to use.


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