Tom Silva adjusts his glasses, picks up a reciprocating saw, and makes a perfect Z-shaped cut through the bottom of a 150-year-old hand-hewn post. The massive timber is a major structural element in the barn portion of the classic New England connected farmhouse that is the subject of the current This Old House TV project in Carlisle, Massachusetts. But right now it’s dangling in midair, temporarily relieved of its duties while Tom performs surgery.
“About half the posts in here were five inches too short,” says TOH’s general contractor as he sets the saw aside. “They looked fine until we replaced the structure that would support the floor and started to lower the jacks holding up the barn. That’s when we noticed the […]