There is a tiny attic in apartment 5, which is on the top floor. In the process of cleaning out the house we removed the items from the attic. There were two boxes of papers and a rat nibbled rolled up tent. Inside the boxes were read and and unread mail dated around 2008-9; love cards from … More Andrew, You Moved Out in 2009 and Forgot to Take a Few Things
The original portions of my house had a sandstone foundation. That would be the original house, not including the porch; and the rear addition on the south side of the house. The later back odd angled addition had a concrete and block foundation and the newer 1905 porch had a concrete foundation. It looked like the sandstone remained in … More Sandstone Foundation
I was cleaning out the barn raking the dirt of debris, or rather the section of the barn that was originally the Carriage House, when I noticed where there had been just dirt before now there was a corner of a brick poking up through the dirt near the double doors. As I pried it up carefully, … More The Carriage House – Good Luck Horseshoe
As I was gathering up the mortar chunks left over from the removal of the sandstone foundation, I found crumbled up in the dirt parts of an old newspaper. I’m not sure if it had been in the dirt all this time or was stuffed inside the wall and fell down when the house was lifted. … More The Daily Examiner – 1889 – In the Dirt Under the House
Today I was cleaning up a mound of what looked like a bunch of large basketball sized rocks, stacked against the back corner of the barn. I quickly discovered It was more than just rocks – there were bits of broken concrete; plumbing pipe; broken linoleum squares, broken clay waste pipe; sandstone rocks; bits of … More Stamped Clay Firebricks Found Buried in the Yard – Made in England and Scotland!
I’d love to know how this heavy solid steel axle came to be under my house. There are two steel bars attached with wire to the axle, adding to the weight. I don’t know why it is there but I think I know why it is still there – it weighs 200 – 300 pounds, not … More Why is There an Axle Under My House?