The Cross House
The wall had problems from Day 1.
It had no support under. It just rested on ceiling joists which, quite understandably, sagged over time.
In 1929, things were made exponentially worse when the expansive stair opening was shrunk in half so two kitchens could be created. But these new kitchens, and the new walls surrounding them, also had no support under.
And the worst wall suffered further abuse by having a door cut into it so the round bedroom could access one of the kitchens. This new opening was done very badly, having no header installed to support the weight overhead.
In 1950, the kitchens were replaced by a motel room with adjacent pink bath. The 1929 kitchen door into the round bedroom was blocked up. Badly, with some vertical 2x4s just kinda left hanging.
In 2014, I removed all the added walls and returned the area to what it had been in 1894.
It was evident though that the worst wall was a mess. Every time one shut the door to the round bedroom the worst wall shaked, and plaster would fall to the floor. Justin and I would stare in wonder and horror.
It was also evident that simply repairing all the plaster to the worst wall would be an exercise in futility. For, without addressing the underlying issues, any plaster repair would fail. Huge cracks would re-appear, and the shaking quaking rattling wall would continue to cause Justin and I to stare at it in wonder and horror.
So, last year a huge new beam was installed UNDER the worst wall. This beam was supported by supports resting on the foundation. Thus, what should have been in place in 1894 was at last in place 122-years later.
Then, I removed the door frame to the round bedroom, which had dramatically sagged, and made it level. Oh boy, was Ross happy that day!
When the 1929 kitchen door was created, a diagonal brace was cut through. The house abounds with such bracing, which hugely helps in keeping an old house straight.
Today, I replaced the missing section of lost brace (see above image). Then I added more vertical 2x4s (not pictured) to assure that the worst wall no longer shakes quakes and rattles.
And this righting of an 1894 wrong, and 1929 wrongs, felt really good. Really good.
Soon, I will sheetrock over the studs and for the first time ever the worst wall will be a fabulous wall.
I am living for this.