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Posted by John W. Blake on April 29th, 1998 09:32 PM

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Dear Bob,

I have an old farm house in southern Vermont that my Grandfather bought in 1910. The house had a well for water, an outhouse, kerosene and gas lamps, and wood stove for heat and cooking. In 1998, it still has the same amenities with the sole addition of a telephone.
Then problem we have is that the basement which is part dirt and part concrete, is constantly wet. This is also creating problems with the stone foundation walls which are slowly moving in. I think we have fixed 2 of the 3 moving walls by adding a concrete wall on the outside. The third wall is still a problem but I want to take care of the water problem before I tackle the wall. (There is also a well in the basement wich feeds a hand pump in the kitchen above. The concrete around it has been broken up by the formerly moving walls.)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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