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Today's time capsule

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that's pretty cool
 

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The mdf under the sink is swelled to about 4" thick!

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Went to the downtown Telco Central Office yesterday where we have been doing work for decades.
Mostly un manned these places are now....where there used to be operators, the spaces are filled with telephone switching equipment.
A few of the guys on the board here know these places well.
A true time capsule from the past some of them are now.
Most of the C.O. AT&T
Florida buildings were built in the 20s and added onto , doubled usually in size, in the 50s or 60s.
Now, just modded on top of mods as the WallStreeters approve funds.
1st pic, Basement Ceiling...
gotta get a new 400A feeder out of the top of this cubicle, parallel 2-1/2" , and across the room and
through a couple of other rooms and then up to the 1st floor to a new telecom power bay.
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Upstairs:
Nowadays they are filled with landline racks still and then as they are taken out and consolidated,
newer more solid state equipment is brought in.
Always a hoot to see some of our documents in some of the oddest places.
Some of my own O&M Manuals I made up from '98 on shelves and some even older stuff.
( won't write the date of our older stuff we found....we looked at each other and said " dammit man !! " :) )
New equipment is to go here:
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A 400A piece of copper and plastic is not easy to hide.

And naturally 'they' want it to fit in the conduit.

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A 400A piece of copper and plastic is not easy to hide.

And naturally 'they' want it to fit in the conduit.

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We still do it the inside conduit way.
Sometimes armored feeder cable,
unlike Europe and Asia, where I have seen bladder voids in the slabs and all
kinds of dif ways to run feeds.
Nothing " free valance " yet though. :)
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The MDF must have been added much later, even the roof decking is solid wood, probably what's under the brick is solid wood. When was the house built, mid 60's?
You're nailing it! Yeah the sub-sub flood is diagonally run old school 1x. Two layers of MDF. Under the brick is Blackboard, the old school, cardboard insulation stuff. Take a picture of the clay for you but it's too big I got to upload it on my laptop.

We ripped out the kitchen cabinets and they were built in place and the top cabinets I had a tang that went up through the rafters and were nailed to a board above the rafters. Solid af.

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The subfloor underneath the rotten mdf was saved by a layer of tar paper. My go to house wrap. I've pulled apart hundred-year-old homes that were perfectly preserved with one layer of tar paper and pulled apart 10 year old homes covered in Tyvek that were rotten to the core.

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The subfloor underneath the rotten mdf was saved by a layer of tar paper. My go to house wrap. I've pulled apart hundred-year-old homes that were perfectly preserved with one layer of tar paper and pulled apart 10 year old homes covered in Tyvek that were rotten to the core.

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That's a good point about tarpaper, I still use it also. I was recently cutting an opening in some 80 or 90 year old stucco - diagonal 1x's, tarpaper, and chicken wire - was in perfect condition. Hard to beat proven methods.
 

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That's a good point about tarpaper, I still use it also. I was recently cutting an opening in some 80 or 90 year old stucco - diagonal 1x's, tarpaper, and chicken wire - was in perfect condition. Hard to beat proven methods.
I've found that the oils from the tar paper get impregnated in the pores of the wood further sealing it from the elements.
 

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Whats under your sink?

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Living room was spongy. Turn out the joists had inconveniently had knots that lined up and had all cracked.

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One wonders about the mentality of the original fitters.

I'm looking at your pics and I'm just amazed at how houses are built in other locations.

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Same here Uncle. Or conversely how they are not built.
 

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Lol... isn't this precious?

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Same bathroom

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The tar paper was unable to save the central bath and linen closet floor however:

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Pulled off the 16th in thin fiberglass tub surround and was greeted with this lovely work... This is a first for me.

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Struck gold in a paint tote of mine today...

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Time capsule of the day...

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Bathroom #2 ain't looking so hot either

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