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    Default Here's a couple I missed the other day. Swandyke and Wild Irishman, Colorado

    I forgot to post these the other day so here they are.


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    Looks like a serious storm or avalanche toppled Swandyke. What's the black paper-like stuff on the walls?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsarevna View Post
    Looks like a serious storm or avalanche toppled Swandyke. What's the black paper-like stuff on the walls?
    In the old days we used to call it "tar paper". Don't know what it's called now. It's used to seal the walls from the weather.
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    When I was growing up, the adults referred to any cheaply built, more or less temporary house as a "tar paper shack". This was because the outside of the boards were covered with tar paper, which is pretty much like roofing felt, but came in wider sheets. It was cheap and kept the rain and wind from coming through the cracks between the boards.

    Insulation? We don't need no steenking insulation.

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    Interesting. So it's supposed to be like that, nobody stole the siding? I thought maybe somebody had salvaged it, but perhaps the tar paper was on the outside all along?

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    It's very possible that the tar paper was intended to be covered by a layer of boards, but often that just didn't happen for a number of reasons. A well built permanent home would have an exterior of finished lumber like shiplap, or maybe board and bats to cover the cracks. The quality of lumber was much better back then, so there were not so many knot holes to worry about. If you were well to do, local stone, or brick was often the material of choice.

    Of course, when you discuss the quality of lumber, it depends on the location of the sawmill and the elevation of the timber being cut. High altitude trees grow slowly and have a lot more limbs, whereas lower altitude grows them bigger and taller before the limbs start. This is often a result of dense stands of trees so there is not enough light for the lower branches to live. The trees grow tall and straight as they search for sunlight.

    My Dad was a logger, so spent a lot of time observing trees, standing and harvested.

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