Sunday, January 3, 2010

"What Are We Seeing...."

Kate at The Sow's Ear asked after the last post, "What are we seeing pegged to what in that HVAC hole photo?" Well, Kate, here's more answer than you probably expected. I'm not 100% sure, but I do have a pretty good idea. The board to the right in that photo is right up against the stone front wall of the house, so whatever goes through it must go into (or through?) the stone wall as well. This had me stumped for a while, until I thought back to taking off the old porch. The picture below was taken immediately after the porch came down. Notice my little circle at left.

The long board sticking out above the door held up the roof peak of the porch we tore off. However, the Einsel House's most recent porch was clearly not the original porch. If you look carefully you can see there were originally six other boards coming out of the stone wall, but at some point they were cut off flush with the stone. I suspect that the giant mortise and tenon photo from yesterday's post is the other end of the board I circled above. It's the right location, the right height, and it makes sense that those boards would have been securely anchored on the interior side of the stone wall.

(And if you're new to the Einsel House and the lintel in the above picture has you hyperventilating, don't wory, it's been fixed, although getting there was rather nerve-wracking.)


  1. Thanks! So do you think your entry originally had a shed roof?

    Looks like they notched the supports in-- comparing the size of the cut-off beam on the exterior and the piece with the peg through it on the inside.

  2. I'm not sure what you mean by a shed roof, but we think the original roof met the house horizontally where you can see the black tar line on the stones in the above picture and then sloped down until about the level of the sawed off boards, which would have supported the underside of the original porch. I'd love to find a picture of the house with the original porch. (Heck, I'd love to find any old picture of the house, period!)