Happy Memorial Day to you all! This was a great weekend of progress at the school. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello – its always great to see friends and neighbors.
Started off with beautiful morning sunshine.
But our focus is to get weight off of the floor joists under the bell tower. We worked to expose the wall beams so we can see what additional support is needed to make sure that tower stays put. So after pulling off the beadboard and storing it for later re-install, down came the lath and plaster in the foyer. What a difference! But to emphasize how much we need to shore up, the 2×4 to the farthest left in this picture is all that is holding up that corner of the bell tower on this corner.
Interesting – this is an old way to straighten bowed wood. Notice how it was cut almost all the way through, then they inserted shims and nailed a brace beside it for stability. Seems a bit shady to me.