First, we'll start with another few rounds of I Can't Make This Crap Up:
Look at how each of these studs has a support block on it. Look closer. Notice how Every. Single. Stud. has been cut about 18" off the ground? Yeah, about 80% of the basement walls have been like this:
Hubs and I were baffled for a LONG time over this one, and finally the only thing he could come up with was maybe they had replaced the sill plate at one time. After a few minutes of looking around, I found this:
|Yup. Replaced the sill plate. WHY?????|
This is one of 3 support columns holding up our entire house. 3 joists, sized 2x10, are sandwiched together to support the entire midline of the house. Sweet. But um. Why are there holes in this support....
|And no BOLTS holding it TO the joists????? *sigh*|
Hubs has already pulled the drywall off this wall. We haven't added a single splinter of lumber to this basement - we're too busy ripping it all out! So. Yeah, look again. From the outside in and bottom up, that's: concrete, studs, drywall, then MORE wood, then copper piping (part of our radiant floorboards). So apparently someone didn't think he had to rip out ALL the drywall before re-finishing the basement. Smooth, huh?
And lastly, we have the ultimate *facepalm* situation:
|Are you KIDDING me??????|
Oh, "Newest set?" you're asking me? Yes. Yes, it is apparent that our house has up to THREE SETS of wiring in it. And because the original set was done properly - nearly to today's code - when someone rewired with black wiring, they abandoned the original stuff in place. Cuz...it's HARD to pull stuff that's properly stapled every 18" inside the drywall. So then the black stuff was abandoned in place and replaced with some white wiring that didn't have a single staple anywhere on it, I believe. Seriously. I mean, I'm sure it's rather difficult to staple wiring to lumber when there's drywall over it. I get that. But it's supposed to at LEAST be stapled right above the switch, outlet, etc to the stud that's right there.
Anyway, all of this talk of wiring leads right into my next photo. Hubs decided that exposing and removing the dead wires was a logical next step, considering we have NO more room in that huge dumpster. (I CAN'T remove anything else from the house for fear they'll charge us for overfilling the dumpster. And, well, we NEED another one anyway. So we kind of took a weekend off from dumpster-filling.) So, he focused on growing THIS pile, instead:
|All the dead-in-wall wiring that Hubs pulled out.|
|And more of this.|
|Oh, that's right - I do it to keep Lil C and the dog entertained!|
|She helped bring this WHOLE PILE out Easter morning. And it tired her out SO much, she couldn't even stay awake for the photo op.|
|Waiting on the pick-up crew.|