Boots wrote:that looks like it may have been at one time or is now damp. you need to verify that there is no moisture there. it could be from the roof leaking or leaking pipes. If that is wet and you make the repair but do not find the source of the water it will end up rotting completely. I recently had a pipe start leaking in my wall, between 2 bathtubs. I had almost no access to the leak. i found out it was leaking because the under side of the floor was wet (in the basement). had i not had a basement i never would have known about the leak untill something rotted through, or the leak got big enough that i could hear it run.
It had been leaking before I bought the house. Using a moisture meter it was determined dry when I bought the house. The roof was put in a year before I bought the place. This is the oldest part of the house and it was the outside wall but beind that side of the wall is a bathroom now that was added in the 20's so right above was where a roof met the wall .
freetown fred wrote:Patch it, old school theory--do NOT try to replace, it's been there forever & won't get worse, or it woulda by now--I've never used it but the stuff PE mentioned sounds worth the effort. Hardie board???? concrete bd? Good idea. On the tile--what type--NOT design--TYPE-- size, thickness??? when doing walls, it's more about tyhe mastic then anything else. When you get to the tile part---we'll talk--I think I was pretty helpful to LS Farm when he got into his tile projects--it's one of the many things my Dad taught me.
Fred I'm going to go with you you on this one . I really don't think it's a good idea to try replace anything. I just am afraid that I can't get under the house to do what I need to do. Not to mention it freeks me out but I'm not thin enough I don't think ! If I was going to replace I would have to rip out all of the oak flooring which is not going to happen !
I will talk to you when it comes to tile. What would be the most abrasive friendly tile btw? What is better recess the tile/masonry or build up on top of the floor? Hmmm I guess if I recessed the hearth I could pull up a certain amount of flooring and have access to the support beams .
Poconoeagle wrote:If there is some support and strength , I would look into using the penetrant stuff that will harden the wood. old wooden boat restorers use it.
if theres a way to get under and support by all means...
Great idea I will try and pick up some soon. Any local hardware store or special order you think?