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Old 02-14-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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I live in Prince Edward Island, CA, in a beautiful 114 year old house. PEI has no natural stone. This house has 'island stone' for the foundation. "Island stone" is very soft (you can carve your name in it with a nail) and degrades/dissolves over time.

The house has brick (real stuff) 2' above the foundation. I am considering parging the island stone, due to the age of the stone and also parging the chimney bricks (some are desolving...) and the 3 supporting columns.

If you have parged (interior) before, I'd like to know if this will stop/prevent the "island stone" bricks from desolving....

I don't mind replacing the support columns with pac poles, but the chimney is a bigger concern!

2010 technology for a house built in 1896

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I would get an architect/engineer or at least someone familiar with foundation restoration involved sooner rather than later. And you might as well call in a mason to see what you are up against and how much to attempt yourself if any is to be DIY.

Sounds like a really cool house. I work mainly on oldies but goodies. Post pictures if you can?

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Your suggestions are smart ones. I will involve the pros!
Pictures will be forthcoming...maybe in a day or two!
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What you will find is that if you attempt to apply 21st century masonry materials to your 19th century house is that you will make the problems worse.
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Ugh...you are right. Friends just parged their cement block foundation (exterior) and I had the bright idea that this might work on the interior of mine as well as the chimney and support columns. Why didn't builders at least have cement blocks back in 1896? (We're talking about an island that only got electricity in rural areas in 1949!)
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Because they didn't have cement?
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Haha! Yup - nice to work with materials that we know might stand the test of time!
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Why didn't builders at least have cement blocks back in 1896? (We're talking about an island that only got electricity in rural areas in 1949!)
They did have cement blocks in the late Fall of 1895 and your island was the test site for using them in remote Canadian construction. Unfortunately a greedy harbor master screwed up things. His name was Emmett McPherson. Emmett signed and approved loading one two many blocks on to the ferry. The ship was already laden with God knows how many horses and carriages for fine gentlemen and ladies. It rode so low in the water that when Spunky the psychotic Russian whale finally lost it and decided to sink a ship by ramming it head on?

The concrete blocks remain leagues under the sea, to this day. No doubt part of an artificial reef like those so needed in other places.

Seriously? I looked up where you must be? Please find a way to post pictures. Your place and surrounds have to be magical and drop dead gorgeous?
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Well, lime mortar and stone that is 400 to 500 hundred years old is extant across the world, so I would say that it works pretty well.
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...lime mortar and stone that is 400 to 500 hundred years old is extant across the world.....
Still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.
It's been in continuous use since it was built ~ 126 AD


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