Living without a sill gasket
I live in a circa 1905 Toronto house and am constantly tinkering away at it. Lately I’m repairing the sill on the South side. Because there is no sill gasket, this seems to be a bandage fix to get a few more decades out of it at best.
At least in the harshness of a Toronto climate, a house without a sill gasket seems to me like a house that is forever heading toward structural failure, and I don’t think I’ll ever buy another, unless I can budget in (what in my mind is the proper fix) jacking up the house and putting one in. The same issue applies to structural brick homes with floor joists resting within the brick walls (many of these exists here in Toronto as well).
Granted I found a post by Martin about keeping the sill area as dry as possible (ventilation, lack of bushes, grading) but this seems more like mitigation than a solution.
My wife and I are hoping to move within the city at some point in the next 5 years, and I’m wondering if it’s an overreaction to write off most of the historic homes in the city due to lack of sill gaskets (of course there are other “old house issues” but this one bothers me the most), or other members would agree?
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