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Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
Don't be too hard on the Historic folks...........they have a very tough "row to hoe".Getting caught up in all the "politics" isn't gonna help a thing.I could write a book on what folks have messed up,and most with very good intentions,some very sad.But would be way better served to write a book on the good aspects of historic preservation........so when dealing with the "club" med folks,keep a very upbeat,positive approach.
Could/can bore you to tears with long drawn out treastise on this or that aspect of old buildings.But following is more of general guidance.In the case of your jamb......take this time to become conversant in brick world(and you might hit up the "club" for a name here).Learn what headers are,learn how your bricks were made,what and why is matching mortar EXTREMELY IMPERATIVE!Take the same approach to your knowlege library and learn about the stucco on the outside,the when's,where's why's and how's.You don't need to be an expert....just be conversant and learn to be patient.
Basically in your jamb problem,look at my first post about "inner" bricks becoming rotton and spewing out when you remove header.Inspecton holes cut with big Hole Hawg runnin a 4" hole saw might save a huge mess.
The tools/techniques that the pros use are somewhat gaurded or secret.They aren't availible at the local home store.Furthermore most are way outside of any attempts at safety(OSHA),so aern't for the faint of heart.Some of the procedures are in the realm of open heart surgery in their trickyness and potential for death.You need an arsenal of jacks.Below is just off the top of head.
>Porta Power's as used in auto body.
>An asst. of large Hyd. jacks,20T and up
>Old car bumper jacks
>Basement columns,the pipe type that are adj. and used for temp support,can be used in weldment situations
Worst case with your jamb header would see us building offset jacks....a cpl inside and a cpl outside......with a weldment,surgically implanted BEFORE Header removal.It would be installed over header to support the inner,rotten bricks.Done in a very proffesional/safe manner to allow removal and instal of new members.......hence the "offset".Pics are a dbl edged sword,in alot of ways these are timehonored tricks and its like a magician giving out the secret.
The following is a very NON-PC sort of trick,tell the "club" you found an original door jamb cvd with dust in the attic.They love story's with happy endings.Best of luck,BW