What is this black stuff

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What is this black stuff

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Ben Kelly

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Posted: Oct 28, 2005 10:40 AM       Post Subject:
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Parts of the house looked like it was sprayed on? what are your thoughts?

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Cheremie Kratzer

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Posted: Oct 28, 2005 2:47 PM       Post Subject:
Ben,

It looks alot like fire damage . The wet trail areas possibly could be from water to put the fire out. The termite shield at the sill area has faint wet trail marks as well.And possibly some sub-floor has been replaced so you see no damage there.

Did you scrape any of the carbony substance off to try to determine its origin ?

Just guessing of course.
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rfarruggia
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Posted: Oct 28, 2005 4:01 PM       Post Subject:

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Creosote? you know, the stuff they put on railroad ties? If so boy oh boy that must have stank to holy hell inside that house for the first few years.
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Caoimh?n P. Connell
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Posted: Oct 28, 2005 8:25 PM       Post Subject:

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Ben -

I'd like to quote Mark Twain, on this one:

"I don't know."

Caoimh?n
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Jay Moge
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Posted: Oct 28, 2005 9:06 PM       Post Subject:

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i've seen fire damage, and i've seen water damage, and after a 24unit caught fire in january 2002 i saw both. what you have here is both. from what i see anyway. ash and smoke actualy float on water and when the water finaly stops it leaves those trails. the smell would have lingered for years, so if you could not smell it, it was likely a long time ago. check with local fire houses and town hall. if they responded it's on record somewhere. icon_cool.gif icon_wink.gif
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Raymond Wand

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Posted: Oct 29, 2005 7:20 AM       Post Subject:
How old is the house?

If it is an older house it could have had a coal fired furnace/boiler. It could be coal dust or it could have been from a fire/soot at or near the coal fired furnace/boiler

icon_idea.gif Please, please, please, it is really really helpful to indicate the age of the structure when asking these sorts of questions.

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