looking for post re quality of home construction

scraphappySeptember 30, 2010

I recently saw a quite lengthy post that went into much detail about different eras of home building - houses built better in the early 1900's, then some decline after WW11, and descriptions of each decade of home building and what to expect, etc. as far as strength of the 2 x 4's, quality of building materials, etc.

I can't remember the name of the thread. It was very interesting and I wish I had printed off this post when I saw it - it was written by a RE agent, I believe, and would be very helpful when I decide to go house-hunting.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I'd sure appreciate it if someone could help me with this. Thanks!

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earthworm

I'd like to see this as well.IMO, the older ones seem to be better built, BUT, not better designed.
And I think the design is more important.
The 2 by 4s in this 1900s house are true , straight, and strong, but are 24" on center. Perhaps the same strength as the newer 1.7 by 3.6 pieces on 16" centers.
But, IMO, the newer wood is not as good, but todays standards are higher.
The stone masons from 100 years ago must be very proud of their work, its first class..

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 2:23AM
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patser

Is this it?

Here is a link that might be useful: Rosemary the Sears House lady

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 4:32AM
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scraphappy

Yes, that's it! Thank you, Patser!

    Bookmark   October 1, 2010 at 8:21AM
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