Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Images of frame repair

These images detail the extensive repairs that have been made to our barn's frame.

After the frame's arrival at Early New England Restorations in Connecticut, the initial inspection revealed a number of places where rot was extensive enough to require repairing or replacement. This we expected. Any building of this age is going to require such repair. The tricky part is that you never really know HOW much repair will be required until you get the building apart. By that time you are "committed" to the project, as they say, and there aren't too many options.

I recall visiting ENER soon after the arrival of the frame and seeing some of the damage expressed my shock to one of the workers. He replied with something along the lines of, "Actually, this barn's in pretty darn good shape."

Anyhow, the folks at ENER are brilliant repairmen. I remember with my parent's house seeing the patches they created to fit perfectly into sections of beams that they had simply cut out. You can see them today in parts of the house and they look pretty similar to those in the images above and below.

It looks like they have done a similarly nice job here. Can't wait to see it in person!

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