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Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
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Good afternoon fellow members.  I need advice on a problem that I have discovered in the home that I want to purchase.  It is an early to mid 1800's victorianized federal style brick colonial (if…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Franz Jan 8.

 

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Franz replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"NO Casey, lack of sufficient masonry thickness wasn't why trussing rods were installed. Trussing rods have long been used to increase load bearing capacity of light timber beams.  Masonry under a beam must be sufficiently strong to carry…"
Jan 8
caseypratt replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"google "star washer" you will see hundreds of structures that have steel  tie rods. It let them get away with 2 wythe walls 3 stories in height. If masonry is of adequate thickness to be stable w/o tie rods, then it is. But when it…"
Jan 8
Franz replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"Please do tell Casey, why such steel tie rods weren't necessary for Centuries of masonry buildings? I really want to know, having worked in a few hundred masonry multi story buildings with cross timbered wood floors that didn't have the…"
Jan 8
caseypratt replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"you will need steel tie-rods in both directions to keep the brick walls from bulging out if there is no floor system tying it together. On most federal houses there are tie rods holding the non-bearing walls together already. Casey"
Jan 7
Franz replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"Since you said want to purchase,  the best advice I can give you is to hunt up the local authority having jurisdiction, and talk to him about your plans before you make any forward motion on buying.  I've seen too many projects…"
Jan 7
Randall Marder replied to John Barnes's discussion Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure
"Yes I can help guide thru the maze of opinions, advice and methods Yours Randall www.rmdesignconst.com"
Jan 5
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Building Wooden Frame Inside Historic Brick Structure

Good afternoon fellow members.  I need advice on a problem that I have discovered in the home that I want to purchase.  It is an early to mid 1800's victorianized federal style brick colonial (if that makes any sense).  It has been abandoned since about 2002 and has been ravaged by time, neglect, theft, weather and fire.  The roof is caving in, in a lot of places which has allowed water to sit and puddle on the second floor which has in turn caused the second floor to sag very badly.  From what…See More
Jan 4

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Amateur do-it-yourselfer with a love for old and neglected homes.
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Always had a dream to purchase and restore a home with my own two hands and feel a sense of pride in what I accomplished.

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