|pony wall, monster lag bolts and corner braces|
Sound Seismic did a fantastic job! I'd definitely recommend them. What is earthquake retrofitting, you might ask? The main gist of it is tieing your house properly to the foundation. In most house construction, there's this short wall, called a pony wall (why - I don't know, maybe because it's short and everything rides on it?) between your foundation and the first story of the house. You can see it behind Matt, the lead workman, in the photo above. That wall typically just rests on the foundation in older construction and is tied to the first story with a few nails.
|Retrofitting and painting in one of our basement storage areas|
First they tore all the facing boards off the pony wall so they could get to the framing. Then they installed these monster lag bolts through the wood sill down into the concete foundation every 18 inches. To top it off, before they installed each of these bolts they poured epoxy into the holes they'd drilled, so those puppies aren't going anywhere! In a couple of corners they added triangle braces as well, to help protect against sheering action.
And everywhere they added those bolts, they added new 2x4s along the bottom. Why, I asked? That was so they had something to anchor the plywood, which they nailed every eight inches or so. The plywood helps protect against sheering actions, helping to stiffen the pony wall. Oh, and they added monster brackets to the top of the pony wall, so it was firmly anchored to the first floor.
Matt, and the second workman Mike, were great. Really nice people, hard, hard workers. They were willing to answer all my questions, and even posed for a picture. Matt offered me a lag bolt as a souvenir, but having spent the past week clearing out a basement of souvenirs, I politely declined. Oh, and did I mention they did an incredible job of cleaning up after the end of work each day? I don't think my basement has ever been so shiny!
|Our newly reupholstered couch - Joe & Wormwood test it out.|
So now it's done too!
Echo Creative Club - with a reveal date of November 25th.
And later today or tomorrow I'll be adding a number of items to my Etsy store - mostly holiday kits with a couple of extras. Nothing like just in time, huh?
Oh, and this weekend I'll be doing something fun, but I'll tell you more about that next week.
Time for me to get back to my to do list - you don't even want to see my living room right now! Stuff HAS to start going back down into the basement. :)