|The living room.|
In the meantime, we've been getting the vegetable garden out back into shape, and over the weekend I began taking out the thin wall that has been dividing the two rooms on the west side of the 1st floor.
|A reminder: the living room, January 2011, taken from the southeast corner.|
|Use of hammer and crowbar to reveal innards.|
|Painted decoration on previously hidden beam.|
|Wall mostly gone, bow in beam clearly visible.|
We assumed the post that we knew was in the middle of the span was there as part of the wall, as the span is relatively short, and there are longer spans unsupported, even in the same room. However, it became clear that it was supporting the beam, which is heavily bowed (and not unusual for such buildings). However, it also became clear that the beam has a rather large crack, so this support is essential.
|First clue about cracked beam.|
|Crack confirmed on the other side.|
I like the crowbar. I even had my Gordon Freeman work glasses on while wielding it!