…by Anura Guruge
1/ NH (Lakes Region) Earthquake Of October 16: Foundation Cracks & Earthquake Insurance? — Oct. 17, 2012.
2/ Did We Just Have An Earthquake In The Lakes Region, NH at 7:12pm? — post at 7:25pm, Oct. 16, 2012 (about 13 minutes AFTER the trembler).
3/ Yes, It Was Indeed An Earthquake In The Lakes Region, NH; 4.5 Off Portland Maine — Oct. 16, 2012.
As I stated in my last post, I have lived in NH for 27 years and have owned 6 houses in NH — all of them with poured concrete foundations.
So I am somewhat au fait with foundations, settling and hair line cracks thereof as they relate to houses in NH. Kind of got a crash course when I bought my first house, in New Ispwich, NH, in 1986. I learned some very helpful wisdom such as: ‘if your basement is going to leak, it will happen in the first five years. After that you should be safe‘. Yes, the New Ipswich house, a colonial very similar to what we have in Alton now; both houses were also purchased new, i.e., within a few months of them having been completed. Yes, settling cracks appeared in the New Ipswich house foundation. It was all new to me. ‘Experts’ came. They epoxyed glass slides over the crack, the theory being that the slide would break if the crack separated further. Somewhere along the line I heard that waterproofing might do the trick. I discovered Thompson’s Water Seal.
I am a great believer that if ‘2’ of something fixes a problem, then ’16’ of the same thing should really take care of it.
So over the months I applied many, many, many, many, many liberal coats of Thompson’s to the cracks — yes, probably 16 times more than was stated as the requirement. Must have worked. Never had a leak.
So, Thompson’s and I became inseparable. I would buy it in large quantities. Anytime I thought I might have a potential problem, I applied too many coats of Thompson’s.
This house in Alton had a few leaks. One was in the utility room. Water was coming through the chimney. Applied gallons of Thompson’s didn’t work. Then an ‘expert’ told me that Thompson’s is for kids! Very poor product. That is when I stumbled upon Drylock. I have used it in various form. Liquid, dry and mixing the powder to various consistencies.
So, that is what I am going to try, after I finish up the 12 gallons or so of Thompson’s I still have. I will first coat everything in Thompson’s, then go back with Drylock (and it always amazes me that Drylock makes a water sealant that is water ‘clean-up’. That seems like an oxymoron). If you are lucky I will keep you posted on my progress.