Sunday, February 28, 2010

Who needs walls?

My boyfriend's brother has come to live with us for now because of earthquake damage to his apartment, until he either finds a new house or decides he wants to move back into the old one after they fix it. We are trying to convince him not to move back into the old one, because after taking a look at it, its very obviously unsafe.
This is the same apartment I mentioned that set fire while Angel and I were in it a few years ago. I really think that the events, and resulting water and structural damage, have really done the place in and it would be best not to chance it for when the next test comes along.

We arrived at his apartment to pick up some clothes, and of course first noticed how filthy it was. There were crumbles of the walls and ceiling everywhere! Not to mention all the furniture was on its side. The far side of the apartment has three bedrooms lined up evenly, each with a window heading out back to a light shaft area. The wall that stretches through the entire back wall of all three windows had been almost entirely detached from the rest of the house. Knowing how people try to cut corners here, there is NO WAY that the owners would responsably fix a huge structural problem like this. Most likely they would just put "pasta muro" (wall paste? whats that stuff called in English, where you can cover up holes from nails and chips on the wall?) on and call it good as new.

Here's a couple pictures from each room. One room also has crazy floorboards that bounce now.







6 COMMENTS:

Marmo said...

Me alegra saber que estás bien y no les pasó nada. Nuestro departamento en Santiago se sacudió como un cascabel, pero asombrosamente no tuvo daños.

Natalie said...

Oh my goodness, those cracks don't look good at all. Surely they'll condemn the building?

Polyfiller, I think is the word you want for the stuff that fills in cracks. It doesn't bear thinking about...

Sara said...

Def don't move back into that until some serious repairs have been made. Thanks for posting that Lydia. We have been worried about friends and L.'s family in Valpo. Everyone is okay, but we didn't know that at first.

dregonzrob said...

Is it pollyfiller or plaster? Anyway, either one, it won't do the job needed. That place is SO UNSAFE!!

I hope he opts to find a new one ...

lydia said...

i think my house is old enough that its already an expert at wobbling around, handled it like a pro. though angel swore he thought the walls were going to fall and was trying to hold one up haha.

his brothers house is just not safe. were trying to convince him to move, which might be difficult in the moment, and one always hopes that the houseowner will provide some amazing solution...

they just told me his cousins house on the same street is worse. she also has to move

Mia said...

i just wanna convince my son in Santiago just to move back to safer ground - like back home to the good old USA and his mamas house.

But he's 24, newly married and a one month old son - not likely :(


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