Foundation repairs and rebuilding the undercarriage continued despite some new structural problems. The sills are all in, and Rod and his men are doing a beautiful job on raising the top foundation stones to meet the new, now level, sills. You would never know the wall had drooped about a foot along the northeast corner. Half the old roofing has been removed, and “ice and water shield” has been installed.
Joseph and I met with Ed from Arron’s team for a briefing on unanticipated problems: rot on one of the posts on the water side will necessitate replacement, and water damage from open windows on that side led to squirrels creating nests in the beam! Both ends of the beam can be saved, preserving the original English tying joints, and the middle will have a new piece of hemlock spliced in.
Our original hydropower estimate of net power generation seems to be within range of the original, as are the cost estimates. Edwin’s plan looks as if it will require only a small amount of digging out of the foundation floor and uses an exit tailrace outside of the building.
The permits for silt removal and dam repairs will have to be obtained from DEP. In the meantime we will work on tree removal across the stream for access to that end of the dam. We plan to walk that next week to lay out the entry road, future septic field and parking lot, as well as mark all trees for removal. Progress continues!