Skunk Palace? Hope Not!

There’s no doubt that the Mansfield House foundation is in need of some serious repair and re-pointing (not to mention rodent and air sealing) in certain areas, especially within the vicinity of the front steps and entry:

Foundation problems in front of house

But it wasn’t until the other day that the afternoon sun finally revealed to me this rather deep opening in one of the damaged areas (funny how it takes time, or the right moment, to actually see certain things, even though you’re staring right at them, day after day):

Close up of foundation hole in damaged area

Does it penetrate all the way to the crawlspace? I’ve not yet ventured to find out, nor even sent a long probe in…because I recalled how just a few early mornings ago, I noticed a skunk waddling away from this specific location, and got to thinking about the possible repercussions.

Is there a skunk palace in my crawlspace? It’s going to take a highly trained, elite Special Ops team to find out. The thought of a skunk making its abode right under my feet makes squirrels suddenly seem not quite all that bad! :-)

About John Poole

My interests include historic homes, architectural preservation and restoration, improving the energy performance of old houses, and traditional timber frames.
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2 Responses to Skunk Palace? Hope Not!

  1. Ally Girl says:

    Just make sure you have plenty of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish liquid on hand for your special Ops team. JoJo got sprayed by a skunk a couple weeks ago and that neutralized the odor almost immediately: 4 cups peroxide, 1/3 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon dish liquid. Sponge it on, baby!

    • John Poole says:

      Thanks for the advice, AG. I’m sure that’ll all work, but my reasoning is that if we go in well prepared — Tyvek suits, respirators, rubber gloves, Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulators, etc. — we won’t need all that clean-up after the fact! :-)

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