Aug 12

Updated Aug 12

Balloon Framing? An architectural history question.

A while back I read that the old Mena Travel building on Milwaukee Ave. has landmark status because it is a rare example of "balloon framing." Wow, I thought - that is kind of cool, but who will ever see the framing of the building - it's usually all covered up. Well it's being reno'd now and is down to the studs. So I stared at it yesterday, and help me out. What is "balloon framing"? -I expected to see something like an Amish barn structure???

  • yourhandsmyface Palmer square. Drummer.

    Balloon framing uses old growth trees where the exterior framing members extend from the top of the foundation to the top of the house, creating one continuous stud cavity. It's most easily recognized where the floor joist tie into the exterior walls - if the joists are attached to the...

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    Balloon framing uses old growth trees where the exterior framing members extend from the top of the foundation to the top of the house, creating one continuous stud cavity. It's most easily recognized where the floor joist tie into the exterior walls - if the joists are attached to the sides of exterior studs, rather that the exterior studs resting on the joist, it's likely to be balloon framed. Thus construction type is terrible for energy efficiency due to the connectedness of the attic and basement (air leakage) and also presents some difficulty when insulating during a retrofit.

Aug 11

Stanleys Market Strawberries $.99 a case!

Im at Stanleys ( north and elston) and they have Strawberries, Blackberries and Blueberries for .99 cents A CASE! Load up on antioxidants people! I have never seen a deal this good. I love this place!!!

Aug 03

Extension Ladder?

Was wondering if anyone near Damen & Walton has an extension ladder I could use for a few hours? Needing to clean some second story windows.

Thanks, Jason

Aug 01

Wicker Park / Bucktown

Anyone know what was going on around the 6 corners early this morning around 430 am. There were men screaming at each other for about half an hour. Sounded like a brawl.

Jul 22

Updated Jul 30

Found Lost Kitten / Cat

This little kitten showed up on our porch this morning. If anyone knows who this cat belongs to please contact me.

  • Bitter Betty Bazaar Monthly bazaar with local small businesses

    Definitely call Treehouse -- Those folks are super helpful when dealing with lost cats & strays! www.treehouseanimals.org

  • I found a cat that looked similar to that and it lived on the corner of Huron and Bishop (right behind the big house). The owner didn't seem super concerned and said she lets it out of the house from time to time.

Jul 13

Exterminator

Does anyone know of a reasonable exterminator company?

Mar 28

Updated Jul 09

Yet another greystone being knocked down for condos

I have serious anger towards people like this. You are ruining the beauty of our city.

  • @Farid R - The former. Appeal was denied twice despite a long list of comps.

  • unfortunately it will have to double again to even attempt to pay our liabilities. People here won't cut even $1

Jul 01

Lost dog?

At 8:15am I saw a brown dog(maybe a boxer?) in a red harness running east on the north sidewalk along Augusta, just west of noble. I didn't see a walker anywhere.

Jun 29

Grey Purse Found

I found a dark grey woven leather purse on Schiller St. this morning (Sunday). Missing most of interior contents, but purse is in great shape. If you would like it back respond to post and we can figure out the return.

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