Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Money Pit....

Well I guess I am suffering the curse of buying a hundred plus year old home, that so many others have before me and well.....You know the rest....


We'll get back into the money pit in a moment, but first I hung the sign back on the church! I wanted to get the name back out there, so people would know what this odd building is and I also hung up a display case so I can add tidbits of information. I wanted to remove the siding down to the ground but there was another HUGE squirrel hole in the siding, here is one from the side of the church..


So I say money pit! As I always find another problem on everything I remove reveals another issues and this time it is in the kitchen of the Parsonage I was hoping to bad aid up the water and sewer lines to help get utilities in the home and after we moved the kitchen sink and cabinet...I found more floor rot, which I already new about but then I was able to get a look at the huge lead pipe on the right this photo...


Does go to the kitchen sink, and it appears that at one time someone just stuffed the kitchen drain into this pipe, and never supported it...Well the cast iron is all rusted away, pipe fell and now I wonder if this big pipe is tied into the cast iron on the left? So it looks like "minimum" I need to replace all the cast iron disconnected and hanging off the large pipe and replace with ABS. The question is, though...What condition is the sewer line I can't see in? Where does that large lead pipe on the right connect too? And what about the water lines? Is the cast iron rusted away in those too? 

I knew I would need to work on all this, as this is a 100+ year old property and all this would naturally need attention. I just had no idea that I would need to replace, sewer, water, electric, gas service and structure all in one blow!

As a side note, we opted to check out the historical society museum here in town, in hopes of history on the property and and ever so nice photograph! Well I found out, they have NOTHING on the property, no photos, history, bibles....NOTHING!...I was like how is that possible? Its the oldest church in town? The only African American Church and 140 years should have something but nope...not a thing! Its so sad! They instructed me to attempt to place a article in the paper ask for any history and that would be my only hope. I also asked about where African Americans were buried? she said there is a part of the city cemetery but the grades didn't date back far enough and they had no way to tell the ethnicity of who died and she said there is still a slim chance there is a cemetery on the property...

Our next trip, took us to the bank and we are attempting a mortgage! I have no idea if this will work and we are told it may take 4-6 weeks! She said if the property is valued at 16k we could get a 15k mortgage and man the things we could do with that! Though I am in fear that the property isn't worth that kind of money but you never know! I would just be happy with enough to cover the roof on the church.


Back here, it was too windy to work outside and so I moved into the parsonage. I figured out a way to look in the attic with out a ladder, I was able to place a chair on the counter in the kitchen and get up just high enough to pier into the attic. It appears the roof was done nicer then I thought and it looks like everything is very sturdy....plus I now know that the knob and tube wiring is completely disconnected from the 70's romex wiring. Though now I ask myself WHYYY...Why does the church have good sills but a bad roof and why does the parsonage have a good roof but bad everything else! It is upsetting, specially when I finding myself very attracted to the house...


Under the layer of paneling of the kitchen, lay the last wallpaper and it pretty good shape but sadly all the old layers of older wallpaper under this one...has caused this one to peel away in places...We also removed the drop ceiling and will be moving the good parts to the bathroom and living room...So encase we are able to move in there...we can have a few normal looking rooms..

So now we are expecting rain for two days and a night with temps in the twenties! One day it will be warm and sunny for a few days again...