I thought it was MOULD...but its actually worse (120 year old House Renovation)

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Alan Stucky
Alan Stucky

Kind of a small thing, but there's something about the bi-lingual nature of your videos that really warms my heart. Americans tend to not understand how big of a deal being bi-lingual really is, and going back and forth is awesome. Even the little moments of searching for a word that's not in your first language is just wonderful to see. Thanks for the good example!

54 MGTF
54 MGTF

I’m an Australian carpenter. No big deal. Carefully cut out the rot and replace the bottom plate. The structure will stand up OK.

David Hull
David Hull

A rotten cill plate is not the end of the world. The house has stood for 120 years, and it won't fall down now. The cill can be replaced as long as you are careful to keep the building supported, but I would advise consulting with a specialist before you attempt it.

Phil Vandelay
Phil Vandelay

Loved the snail freakout and various sounds of digust. This whole series is so fun to watch, and being able to approach problems with a positive attitude instead of giving in to despair is quite inspiring

John Mote
John Mote

"OK... Let's... not... panic." And Laura can still laugh. What an inspiration to every home remodeler.

Simonius Zalox
Simonius Zalox

Mein zweijähriger Sohn liebt deine Videos... vor allem die zu den Renovierungsarbeiten an deinem Haus. "Die Laura soll nochmal was kaputtmachen" bekommen ich oft zu hören, wenn ich am Rechner sitze. Jetzt ist es ausgerichtet. Also mach doch bitte viele Videos mit vielen Abrißszenen.

Jan Karel
Jan Karel

My hat's off to you. Anybody who could find that beam and respond with let's clean up this mess and then go get ice cream--that's the kind of person to work on projects with! Hope you can enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful day.

Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee

Couple of things, For starters: Clear away all soil that goes above the top of the stone foundations, as far as you can, at least 15-30cm (6-12 inches), and see what else is wrong. You will need to install or replace a 'damp course' - these used to be a layer of slate tiles, later lead sheeting, that stops water from coming up the walls from the soil and making the plaster & paint peel off (and causes 'dry rot'). The most common replacement for failed damp course is to cut a series of long slots in the mortar between courses of stone/brick then inject water proof cement into the slots, let it set for several days then cut out between the filled slots and fill those with more waterproof cement - this does not stop the masonry 'breathing', it just stops the water moving up into the higher levels. You may have to excavate all the soil from the outside of the wall and install better drainage (gravel, waterproof sheeting) - that is probably a job for professionals as the trench will need bracing until it is back filled. Also, now would be a good time to measure up the sill plates and start looking for suitably large timbers to replace the damaged ones - rot can run a metre (yard) or more ahead of the visible wood decay

YamiKisara
YamiKisara

Don't worry, there are companies that can exchange it without damaging the rest of the house. It's a similar process to what you did in your to-be-living room. A family member brought a far older house with similar damage and it was easily taken care of during renovation - as long as a real experts gets to it, you'll be fine.

GardenFork
GardenFork

You can do this Laura! I replaced a rotting sill plate in my house. First deal with the water leaking in - rain gutters leaking? Water coming down the hill along the house? - then replace the sill plate and treat for termites. (Sill plate also sometimes called a mud sill) This is not a huge problem, just a challenging one. Relax and enjoy your ice cream. 😀 Eric.

Jackie Gammon
Jackie Gammon

Have to admit that I love your attitude! It can be very discouraging to see those sorts of things in a house, but your ability to " do a water break, take an ice cream break" is something that we can all learn from. Thanks for sharing and I'll look forward to your future videos!

Lori Montcalm
Lori Montcalm

Watching you being freaked out by spiders and snails cracked me up. Laura who appears to not be daunted by anything has demonstrated her krypotonite!!

Adolar
Adolar

I’m so invested in this series, I can’t wait to see the amazing full transformation! We have similar problems with earthen construction here in my part of the world. People cover traditional adobe walls with cementitious plaster and it’s a terrible idea.

Steven Duffel
Steven Duffel

I think “Don’t panic, clean the mess, get some ice cream” t-shirts are called for.

molegrip 38
molegrip 38

Footer beam - rot & infestation. Don't worry - there is a fix for every problem, and we will watch you conquer it, as always. Cheers Laura and thanks for sharing another great video. Happy Sunday!! 🙂

mansi
mansi

I love that despite discovering problems and challenges one after the other , you guys remain positive and laugh ! Makes me happy 😊 I would have had panic attacks and be super anxious … you inspire me ! Loved the video

sospetyo
sospetyo

Your channel is probably my favourite DIY channel, and also one that I watch for my mental health. Your attitude, honestly and the way your videos are put together are such a package that rarely anyone else produces. My fav thing is how you touch surfaces of things you make. There is so much love and respect in you!

42apprentice
42apprentice

The staircase down to the basement is lovely, almost Arts & Crafts style

Andrew Leith
Andrew Leith

Sill plates are easy to fix. What I would do is check the drainage at your foundation. Over time the drip line plantings etc can mean water is running into the foundation. Make sure it slopes away, pack clay soil at the foundation sloping away from the house. Also be careful of hard surfaces that may be draining water towards the foundation. Concrete or stone too close always ends up leading to water flowing to the foundation, in my experience. Cut foliage too close to the house. Dry boots warm hat.

James Waldron
James Waldron

You might consider a Needle Scaler to remove the loose paint from the rock wall. (Faster than chipping with a hammer.)

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