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  1. Jesus man. I understand money is important but this house could kill you. If i saw a foundation like that im not sure id step inside let alone sleep there.

  2. Well, my family is fucked then. My parents are in denial about this issue and are disregarding every concern I have and every photo I show them, and all the advice of you people. "It's been like that for as long as I can remember" is what they keep saying. Nobody has looked at this foundation since the 90s, and this spot was hidden by a stack of cinder blocks in the basement for that entire time.

  3. Look at the orientation of the floor joists. That wall is definitely bearing a load.

  4. I'm not sure how it hasn't happened yet. How have the blocks in the middle not fallen in yet? There's no way they could be supporting a load at this point, right? I think it's the two corners that are supporting the load, the corners have very little deterioration in comparison.

  5. Yes, water pools in this corner very badly. There are so many issues with this house that I don't even know where to start. Is this even a doable project for a complete novice?

  6. If you want to deter pests (or lure them away from your other crops) I’d suggest something like marigolds or zinnias. They’re beautiful & simple to grow, plus as a bonus they’ll help attract pollinators! If you want strictly things you can also eat to make the most of your space, you could add in strongly aromatic herbs like thyme, rosemary, garlic/onions, or mint (careful with that one in-ground though, it’ll spread forever lol) or some edible flowers like calendula, nasturtium, sunflowers, or lavender :)

  7. I think I might actually do marigolds. I've actually bought around seven planters for the front porch banister this year to decorate it with lots of flowers, but I've never grown flowers before. Any tips on marigolds?

  8. I wouldn't touch that white. White against a green forest is elegant

  9. I really wouldn't mind it if the windows had some casing and an accent color. This house is big with a damn load of windows, so expensive to do renovations.

  10. Contrasting trim color would be a good start.

  11. Yes, that's a must. The issue is that the house is a very white shade of white, and I have no idea what trim color to use to accent that. I don't like black, unfortunately.

  12. The area isn’t great. There’s a lot of infrastructure and shopping/dining nearby, but there’s always been a problem with crime on the east end.

  13. I have a passion for historic homes, and money's not an issue.

  14. Theft, mugging and property damage. The area is dilapidated and the city hasn’t done much in the way of fixing it up in a pretty long time.

  15. I meant the homes, specifically the ones in the good parts (Virginia & Quarrier Street)

  16. And these jobs will be filled with qualified individuals brought in from other areas…

  17. As long as they live and pay taxes and shop locally, it's the best we could ask for. It'll still raise standards of living for locals, and bring more money to municipal services and schools.

  18. Lucky, my room is struggling to stay above 55. Gotta move out of my parent's...

  19. Just to speak on this briefly, it’s seems like a task the town has no control over right? How does the town get accommodations to magically appear? Well there are a lot of things, but basically it comes down to the town has to show people that it is willing to invest in itself, it’s development friendly, and that it’s young people friendly..

  20. This is by far the best and most comprehensive advice I could have asked for!

  21. Good canoeing/kayaking is a great thing to advertise, especially as it's inherent to the area. Having one picturesque wedding venue (with a good write up) can draw a lot of money in a short time. There's a number of potters in Fairmont and artists in Morgantown that would probably prefer to have studio space in a small town.

  22. I'm very excited to see how the Governor's Mansion event venue goes.

  23. I just got back from Martinsburg. I live in California. I think West Virginians are super nice, smart, and kind. I appreciated being in your state. Thanks for having me.

  24. Thank you! But be careful next time you come back, we might snatch you up forever, lol

  25. As I understand, the american federal system of government was not designed for political parties. It was also not designed to be a democracy.

  26. I think this is part of the reason why the gender pay gap exists

  27. This isn't really a fair comparison. To be blunt the EU was intertwined with events in Ukraine and doesn't have the luxury that the US does with having a capable domestic natural gas system that can deliver its energy needs. While the EU was scrambling to try and backfill supplies during the spring and summer. The environments were different and you just can't compare the two based on that since the US didn't nearly have the inflationary pressures that the EU was dealing with.

  28. True, there are many differences between the factors for inflation that the two banks were needing to take into consideration for strategy. However, I still think it's useful to draw a comparison, especially considering that both countries were experiencing similar inflation pre-war. I think the fact that there's differences means there's more we can learn from a discussion like this.

  29. Sorry you're dealing with all these layers. Previous folks took the easy route and now you're paying for it.

  30. So, I took off a piece of paneling to try removing the wallpaper underneath. This wallpaper comes off perfectly, but there's a problem: the wall texture is horrible. Very bumpy and I think all the seams are noticeable.

  31. Oh crap. With a house that old, there's bound to be something but that is a lot to deal with. Seems like removing the wallboard and putting up fresh drywall may be easier than trying to remove all those layers. The old paint may/will contain lead which you don't want to release into the air by sanding or scraping. Replacing wallboard would let you upgrade the electrical and plumbing "while you're at it" (be careful of that phrase, it can take you into a long spiral of unintended projects).

  32. God, that's exactly what I didn't want to hear, but felt was unavoidable.

  33. This is very likely a suicide attempt, sadly.

  34. It's hard to tell from the photos but that looks like shiplap, which would have been used as sheathing and is meant to be underneath a finish layer of siding.

  35. I looked up shiplap, it doesn't look like planks just nailed in. It also looks like it's had two layers of paint, green and then blue. I'm not sure why some of it has no paint at all. This is the back of the house, in a garage that was built as an extension. A patio used to be here.

  36. It is primary sheathing, not finished siding. Ship-lapped planks are a more expensive product and always were.

  37. I'm deleting this post in a bit to stop confusing people, but it is finished siding, ducth lap. Grandfather confirmed it, and apparently has a photo from before the asbestos was put on.

  38. It's the painted floor of the sunparlor, second floor directly above the west wing of the porch. So the entire floor is this tung and groove, an air gap, and then the porch ceiling.

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