Category Archives: Basement Walls Settling

Welcome Casey to KC Key Solutions!

Hello there again, it’s a great Friday and I’m in the writing mood.

Casey started with us a couple of weeks ago and he’s doing great.  He’s managing some of our larger revolving maintenance accounts and he’s got the flair for customer service.  In fact, he’s even ridden along with me on a few jobs to see how a veteran handles his business 😉

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So if you get a call from KC Key Solutions, you might hear from this young man.  It’s kind of fun to hear him say “Hi, this is Casey from KC Key”.  Say it out loud and you’ll notice a lot of “KC” going on there!

He’s made it through a couple of weeks…and he hasn’t quit yet.  Now let’s see how he does during our busy season, right?

Have a safe afternoon.  Ryan

So we are remodeling an old house and I found your underwear.

So my title got your attention, didn’t it?

It’s true…we are remodeling an old house.  In fact, it’s about 110 years old, and it still has the original lath and plaster walls and ceilings installed.  Well, not any more…that was some of the first work that we got started on; removing all of that material and getting it to the dump was a chore.  The living room alone was 1,600 lbs of old plaster that we removed – it was a big day!

So we are on to the ceilings which we almost left alone.  But since the decision was made to pull them down, we got to work.  As my story progresses, I did find some underwear up in the ceiling.  But let me set the stage for this story a bit.

It was late at night and I ended up doing some of this demo alone.  The lights were mostly off, this is a 110 year old house, and as I’m removing the 8′ ceilings to reveal these amazing 9′ ceilings that got covered up at some point, the attic was becoming visible at times and once in a while I peeked up to see what I could see.  However it was late, dark and I was getting a little spooked.  Who knows what is up in an old attic, right?

So I’m kind of on my guard…but I’m a grown man and I know that there can’t be anything to worry about. Gulp.

That’s when my crowbar pulled down a leg…a leg to these old underwear that had been stashed up in the attic a long time ago.

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I know it doesn’t look like much…but I stopped and took a closer look.  Here’s the tag inside of these beauties:

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It says “Quality Russco Underwear”.  So I looked them up, and it appears that this clothing manufacturer went out of business in 1920.  WOW!  That means likely these have been up in this attic for approximately 100 years.  As I kept digging further, there were a lot of clothes…kids clothes, dresses, and what appeared to be old curtains or tablecloths.  I think someone had finished with these items and stuffed them up in the attic for insulation, until I pulled them down this week!  Crazy.

So I’m still looking for the box of gold that is hiding up there…but I’m sure I’ll just get another “box of old” 😉

Strange finds, and I’ll let you know if any other treasures pop up.

Take care, Ryan

Feeling down about your basement or foundation?

Hello there friends!

It’s been a little while- it seems like I say that every time I write a new blog, but KC Key Solutions is proud to bring you a new line of services that we have already begun selling…

We’ve partnered with the best in the business, and if you’re looking for foundation repair in Kansas City, you can count on the professionals at KC Key Solutions to get the job done right. We consider no job too big or too small, and we customize our service to fit your needs. We offer free inspections and cost estimates so you’ll know what to expect.

We have exclusive rights to the lifetime warranty patented pier system by Advanced Systems of Kansas City, and it gives us an advantage over all other foundation repair contractors in the area. We know what to look for, and we know how to solve the problem. Don’t wait, call us today and let us get your foundation back in optimum shape!  We’ll be happy to send out an experienced representative for a free estimate!

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Signs of Foundation Failure:

Inside of the House

– Cracks in drywall

– Doors and windows that stick

– Cracks in floors and tile

– Misaligned doors and windows

Outside of the House

– Gaps around doors and windows

– Cracks in foundation

– Stair step cracks in brick walls

– Fascia board pulling away

– Chimneys tilting or pulling away

Garage

– Separation from door

– Walls rotating out

– Stair step cracks in brick walls

Basement of House

– Walls leaning in or out

– Cracks in the poured or block walls

– Water leakage at base of walls

There are many causes for these issues, but if you live in Kansas City you probably know by now that we’ve got some of the most expansive and unstable soil anywhere…and this is typically the root of the problem.

Soon we will be offering these services on our website…but I was too excited to wait.  I’ll be back soon!

Ryan