plank walls


Old 07-27-01, 06:11 AM
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My home is over 150 years old. We recently remodeled two rooms and discovered that the walls were plank. The planks are about 1.5 inches thick, 12 - 18 inches wide and run from the foundation wooden beam to the beam on which the rafters sit. There are no 2 x 4's in the walls, only these planks, nailed to the exterior(outside) of the beams. They are holding up the house! We have put in vaulted ceilings in two rooms, new 2 x 6 walls and 2x 6 rafters, My problem is that when the front door shuts/slams, there is an annoying amount of movement in the wall the door is in and another wall. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-27-01, 12:45 PM
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Hi sherryburdick,Did you do the remodel?You cant just add all that weight to a house,if the foundation cant support it.If a contractor did the job,shame on him,he should know better.You have a serious problem that needs to be address fast.

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