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Barreling through the crawl space.

     When I was a kid, hanging around with my dad on various construction projects, I used to see the old wooden barrels that nails came in.  Even as a builder myself, I can remember some of the older lumber yards still having kegs of less commonly used sizes/types of nails still hanging around (like double headed form nails).  Most nails today come in cardboard or plastic boxes and most come for use in nail guns.  In the crawl space of a 1940's house the other day I was reminded of these old barrels when I came across one that had been used as a form for a concrete pier.  I may be a little nostalgic, but it seems a little unfortunate that today it is just represents another form of "conducive debris" that should be removed.nail barrel














     There was a lot of "recycling" of materials in those days.  Like the use of  the foundation form lumber for the house wall sheathing and sub-floor that I discussed in another blog.

Charles Buell 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsCharles Buell • March 25 2008 08:28AM


I remember the old wooden kegs myself. Gosh that goes back to the days before dirt and Moses doesn't it? Charles, I think that we are telling our age.
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 11 years ago
I enjoy exploring old country sheds constructed from recycled packing crates. They make interesting reading.
Posted by Rosario Lewis, GRI, SRES - DDR Realty - Orange County, NY (DDR Realty) almost 11 years ago
Charles, I love the sign me up sign you have on your blog, how can I get me one of them?
Posted by Jennifer Samountry almost 11 years ago

That is pretty neat.  Looks from the picture like it is helping to support the house's foundation.

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Michael, don't you just love being an "old fart?"

Rosario, they are like little time capsules in a way.

Jennifer, if you email me privately I will make one for you.

Rob, it is the footing/pier for that support post.  There were three like this----the rest were all normal square type footings.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Charles, maybe that was a keg you could tap?  Did you try?
Posted by Joseph Lang, Home Inspector, Southern California (Pillar To Post Professional Home Inspection) almost 11 years ago
Joseph, is that where "hammered" comes from?
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago
Hi Charlie,  I thought those were barrels that wine was stored in.  Thanks for setting me straight!
Posted by Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional almost 11 years ago
Charlie - what exactly is the issue with that support?
Posted by Derek Bauer's, Door to Dreams Home Selling Team (Real Estate One) almost 11 years ago

Leslie, some times I do a lot of "wine-in" when I am in the crawl space

Derek, it has stood the test of time---not much issue really----the wood debris can be disposed of---that is about it really.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 11 years ago