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Old 07-26-2010, 01:29 AM   #1
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That's my dad holding a piece of a sign we found when redoing the roof of our house. The sign was apparently used to patch the hole where the old brick chimney was.
Our house is at least a hundred years old. the earliest record we've been able to find is from 1912 when they put an addition on. With the addition it's now only 900 square feet and from looking at the basement we figure it must have been a one room farm hand shack or somesuch.
We started doing the roof last fall but I ran a nail through my foot and by the time I healed up the rainy season hit so we just patched it up and rode out the winter. We finally got some dry weather about three weeks ago so I started ripping it up again. 7 layers of asphalt shingles, 1 layer of ceder shakes, a bunch of rusty sheet metal, one fruit stand sign and a three day stay in the hospital from trying to keep up with a 65 year old retired Navy chief and we almost have a new roof.
Warning, stay hydrated if you're going to work out in the hot sun 8 hours a day after driving all night for 2 weeks strait. Being in the hospital for 3 days on a liquid diet sucks.

We've hauled over 6,000 pounds of old roof away using Amy's Wrangler and a Harbor freight 4x8 trailer. I swear our house is getting taller.

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Old 07-26-2010, 07:43 AM   #2
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it's amazing what kind of "repair" work you find on older houses. my house is 50+ years old, and let me tell you, it can be quite interesting.

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THAT...is cool.

I'm not sure what could be done with it but hanging it somewhere would make a good centerpiece for a story or two.
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In my first house there was a basement window that was boarded over and until the bush that covered it was destroyed by snow sliding off my roof, I never felt the need to remove the boards. That summer I removed all the boards and found that the person that closed that window off used newspapers to provide insulation to the repair. I found in that sodden mess the actual Chicago Tribune that he received on the day of my birth. I was unable to save the paper, but I thought it was a cool coincidence.

Love the old sign.
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Speaks well for the sturdiness of that structure having all that weight on it for all those years! Good job!
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Not really in a home, but I was doing a repair on a sewer system on a turn of the century home and after digging about 4 feet down to the sewer line, I found several brandy bottles that were stamped in the glass that they met with federal post prohibition laws. A couple even had the brand label on them. All together, there were probably several dozen bottles. I kept a couple and re-buried the rest.

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Not really in a home, but I was doing a repair on a sewer system on a turn of the century home and after digging about 4 feet down to the sewer line, I found several brandy bottles that were stamped in the glass that they met with federal post prohibition laws. A couple even had the brand label on them. All together, there were probably several dozen bottles. I kept a couple and re-buried the rest.

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Old 07-26-2010, 07:51 PM   #8
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Haha, nah. They were all empties.

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