One day I was reading Lulu Hayman’s obituary. Often an obituary is a great source of information. Lulu died at the age of 96 in 1977. She was a native of Sacramento (she was adopted by Luther and Sarah Hayman). She went to school in Napa and was a member of the first graduation class of … More Lunch with Marion Ault
When we started removing the plaster, and in some places sheet rock that covered the plaster, we found layers of wallpaper. It seems they just put one layer on top of the next. The last layer in many cases was just painted over. Many of the papers had borders and some had metallic highlights. The most … More Layers of Wallpaper
The day has finally arrived and this old house is being set down on its new foundation. Phil Joy and his crew arrived and started installing the hydraulic jacks under the beams as they removed the cribbing. The jacks were then connected to the control panel on the truck. These jacks will work together to slowly and … More This Old House Meets New Foundation!
It has taken several weeks but we have finished the foundation to the point now that the house can be lowered onto it. There will be some work that needs to be done to tie it all together and fix some more dry rot but the major part is complete. After we removed the back … More A New Foundation
It was one year ago today that a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Napa. The earthquake tested the structural strength of many buildings. There were numerous homes in Napa that were damaged, some more than others. My home was one of the downtown homes that suffered major damage. The foundation on my house failed and the city … More Napa Earthquake One Year Anniversary – on NBC
The old additions are now gone. The extra steel beams have been removed and we are ready to start the foundation. The rear sill has a bit of a wave to it but the house movers said it will be fine and then straighten out when we put in back down on the new foundation. … More Rear Additions Now Gone – Ready for Foundation!
We are one day away from removing the old addition(s). The original addition is on the left as you look at the house from the rear. The newer, and very poorly constructed, “newer” addition is on the right. Just about all the walls were covered in drywall when we started removing the siding. We were surprised … More Old Addition(s) Almost Gone….