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Old 11-10-2007, 05:09 AM   #1
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Rotting Rim board

I am considering buying and restoring a 100 year old house in florida. It is cheap but lots of work is needed. The house is built almost exclusively from cypress. The house was built too close to the ground and the Cypress Rim baord has dry rot and is no longer sound. I expect to have to raise the house to work on the foundation. Does anyone have ideas on how to replace or shore-up the rotting rim board while the house is raised?


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Old 11-10-2007, 07:11 AM   #2
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If you're going to have the entire house jacked up by a professional moving company or whoever, I would have it raised to allow a decent height crawlspace (I have 3' clearance under my floor joists), repair all of the sill and floor joist damage while it's supported on the temporary bracing, and then go from there.
For some reason, I get the feeling that unless this is some kind of historical structure with tax benefits for restoring it, you may be biting a major expense that will be difficult to ever recover when you sell it. But that's your call to evaluate.
Good luck!


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