Feel free to make suggestions!
I have never inspected or spent a lot of time in the northeastern US, but this is what pops into mind right off the bat…
Foundation: Poured concrete (honeycombing, a cold joint), CMU (lack of mortar, a cutaway showing grout/no grout and steel//no steel?).
Walls: I’m thinking that because of the older homes in that part of the country (compared to those in Colorado and South Florida where the existing Houses of Horrors are) and the amount of historic brick structures, that we should build some cutaway double wythe walls and some displays showing key points of potential failure in openings; lintels, ledges, sills, etc. A lot of that sort of thing can be shown more effectively in photographs.
Maybe a parge coat with an explanation of their purpose.
I’d like to build a stucco wall that we can soak from the back side so the guys with IR cameras can try to pinpoint the leak sources. Might could use some help figuring that one out.
Roof Structure: As with the house in CO, we’ll try to install a structural ridge, conventional framing with a hip and valley, and trusses, both manufactured and site-built.
Floor Structure: This one will have a basement and a crawlspace so we can install a central beam upon which floor joists (both conventional and engineered) overlap, and install both temporary and permanent steel support posts, both with and without obvious foundation pads.
We’ll have a variety of floor framing defects.
Crawlspace: In addition to the electrical and plumbing we’ll add some insulation and crawlspace vents for discussions on building science. That’s always a good one since conditions vary with climate zone and a few other things!
- Should it have a steam/hot water radiator system? Do you see them in residential?
- Oil fired furnace or boiler?
If anyone knows of a source for old electrical components, a retired electrician, a warehouse, I’m looking for them.
Are FP Stab-Locs a concern there? Zinsco panels? Others?
That’s it for now. I appreciate any help.