Bellingham, Wa. Home Inspector, Rasputin, and Old-Time Religion

     During my forty-plus years in the construction trades, part of that time, in the late sixties and early seventies, was spent working with a construction outfit that worked exclusively for HUD, repairing and retrofitting very old homes in the greater L.A. area on low-cost loans.  My main tasks were replacing support posts, insulation, and replacement and refinishing of drywall where needed.  I would crawl under the house and add support posts under the beams.  The existing “posts” that I was replacing included tree stumps, large rocks, stacks of old bricks, wood pallets, and, in one case, a stack of encyclopedias.  At the time, I remember thinking that an encyclopedic fellow might have known better, but then I realized that he used the books to support his house, rather than read them.  While crawling around the crawlspaces in these old homes, I found many old milk and medicine bottles from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  I had quite a collection at the time.  During the course of removing old drywall and lathe and plaster walls, I discovered a stack of old currency bills from the confederate states. Mostly what I found in the walls were stacks of old newspapers and pamphlets that had been used as insulation.  Most of them dated back between 1900 and 1920.  Among them was a pamphlet from 1917 from the L.A. Opera house announcing the grand opening of the play Rasputin: The Mad Monk.  There were also many religious flyers from various denominations.  In the end, I had to be impressed by the fact that the original owner did so much recycling, and utilized these products in the construction of his home, which, although not very efficient, was quite green.  Now I know what to do with all the junk mail.  Allmann Home Inspection Services in Bellingham and Blaine, Wa.  360-371-0260 and 360-739-7361. 

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