May 18, 2010

Mommy? Where Do Wires Come From?

We continue to work on the upstairs bathroom project with hopes of finishing it sometime before the sun uses up its nuclear fuel and begins to die.  Or at least before the results of global warming mean we have to row to work in a dinghy.

We removed some rotted floorboards, only to discover.......wait for it............only to discover PROBLEMS. For example? There are two sections missing from a floor joist (only one is pictured below.)  Is this the floor joist that sits under our collection of weightless birds? No. Unfortunately, this is the floor joist that sits under our cast iron tub that is sometimes filled with water and a baby hippo.

So we have to figure out how to secure a floor joist.  A steel reinforcing beam is being discussed.

Also? You can barely see them in the crappy photo below, but there are three weird low-voltage electric wires running through the same space. What are they?  We have no idea. What would happen if we cut them? We have no idea.

So. I am look on craigslist for a dinghy.


  1. It looks like you have enough room under that closet flange to sister a solid new joist against the old one and tie them together with heavy carriage bolts. I'll bet those wires were for an old doorbell, 1 lead for front door, 1 for back, and 1 is the common.

  2. It's scary to see what's living in our wall and floors sometimes isn't it? When I watch shows on HGTV like Holmes on Homes and I see the crazy stuff in their walls it leads me to wonder. Good luck with the remodel.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  3. I wish my dad were still alive. He could tell you exactly what all that stuff is and how to avoid blowing up the house trying to fix the bathroom.

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a kind comment of the last of the bee posts. They just about drove me stark raving mad. The bee photos, not the comments.

  4. Hi Holyoke Home!

    Greetings from Malaysia again! Just want to say thank you for dropping by my blog on my SITS day. You can read the aftermath of my whole day SITting episode at this link:

    Thank you again and hope to see you back here sometime! :D

    Warmest Regards,
    Jenny aka I'm a full-time mummy

  5. The other day I was thinking about bathroom renovations and whatnot. This blog post reminded me that I really don't need to renovate. Hehe. Good luck!!!

  6. hehehe - picture that in my (gutted) timber frame colonial - only it's a chunk out of an 8x8 hand-carved carrying beam. Old houses rule!


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