I'd greatly appreciate someone's help with this. This has me worried.
Don't know what the heck these are for. They were never there, just
discovered them this afternoon. They are on a side of the house by the
family room downstairs, and that side of the house abuts a public
park, so a lot of cars park by it. The reason I'm concerned is that
these holes were definitely never there before, and I can only surmise
they were done intentionally. The idea of vandals is disturbing. There
are a lot of visitors, all types of people, almost round the clock who
come to enjoy the park and park their cars on the curb in front of
this side of the house. Theyre were a lot of people on Memorial Day
especially,but there's people all the time on that side of the house.
Anyway, could anyone say if they were done intentionally or if they
are the work of a racoon or other animal. They seem too perfectly
round though, for that. I'd like to post a picture but I'm not sure if
we can do that on this group.
You can post pictures for free at sites like www.photobucket.com.
What kind of material are we talking about here? Cinder block? Other? How
many holes? Do they go all the way through to the basement?
If the answer to that last question is YES, what did the police say when you
The depth of each of the two holes is approximately 8-9" !! and the
slope of the hole is approximately 25-30 deg
For the moment, I'm in shock at the whole incident. Mulling over it a
bit, I'm also starting to think
about the possible (probable) seepage of water into the foundation/
basement. Added moisture
to the downstairs family room is also a concern now.
I may just alert the police, if indeed this a case of malfeasance.
You just can't trust anyone anymore....so sad.
Anyway, end of rant.
hey f**cktard, if you dont want to help,no skin off my back
i'm calling a highly recommended mason tomorrow first th ing.
If it troubles you that you cant take a little gruff from a public
then I'd avise to shut the f**k up and go elsewhere
On Fri, 01 Jun 2007 20:52:33 -0500, Clancy Wiggum wrote:
Don't judge a book by it's cover. I'm a bad boy when it counts but I know
where the line is drawn proven by the fact that I post as Meat Plow. So
tell me friend, what's your contribution to the thread (other than your
failed attempt to toss a character slur my way?)
Just to throw my 2 cents in here.....
Why not just fill these holes with some strong and waterproof material and
be done with it? So much of this discussion has been centered on speculation
regarding the origin of the holes, but little or no attention has been paid
to how to remedy them.
Possibly a new thread titled: "Best way to fill 1/2 inch holes in
foundation" would move this from being a lot of wasted time to something
excellent suggestion, Smarty.
As for why so much emphasis on the origin of them -> Because I want to
k now if there's any foul play, that's why!!
We actually had a vandal damage the outside foundation wall once
(albeit not the same side of the house).
On that occasion, we heard the loud thump, thought the neighbor had a
mower or other object accidentally
roll into the wall, or something, but discovered somebody took a
hammer to the wall (or maybe just a heavy
blunt object, who knows) and struck the wall, causing a about a 15"
across chip/crack that left a noticeable
indentation. We had to patch it over but the stuff I bought at the
store when dry became a darkish-grey color that makes
it noticeable that it's a patch. We subsequently installed a security
camera on that side of the house. So far, no more
I just feel that any hole drilled in the side of your house should
arouse suspicion, unless it serves some specific purpose.
We have owned this house for over 30 years (it was my parents house
where I grew up) and we NEVER had these holes
drilled at any time be it for seepage, termites, or any other reason.
Plus, why did I notice them now?? I have raked over the
outside of our home constantly, and justs now see them. However, you
folks have given evidence which strongly suggests
they are indeed old....hmmm....tomorrow I will see if they are lined
My comment and suggestion was based on the prior replies and consensus that
experienced people here have offered...namely....that the holes are not new,
are placed there deliberately rather than maliciously, and that the "foul
play" and "suspicion" issues have been adequately and exhaustively
I personally agree with the comments that holes of this size and depth in
normal foundation materials require considerable drilling effort accompanied
by much noise, a lot of residue, and a much different appearance when
recently drilled compared to what you show in your photos. I have to add
that the notion of vandals taking the time to deliberately drill half inch
holes in your foundation sounds like a topic for Jerry Springer, Comedy
Central, the X-Files, or some combination thereof. Frankly, I think the
forum members here have been generous in withholding skepticism, all things
considered, especially as this thread has been churning for some time. The
"principle of parsimony" and "Occam's Razor" as applied to science and
engineering (and other fields as well) is: ***that the simplest explanation
is generally the correct one***, and weep holes for drainage make a lot of
sense considering where they are located on your wall.
For the reasons stated above, I encouraged you to take this to the next
logical step, a remedy, if indeed you desire one or drop it.
Smarty, now why didn't someone reply with that kind
of cogency 30 replies ago? Occam was a 12th century
monk who unbeknownst to him, generated his own
special type of metaphysics by attempting to posit only
a nominal one...Anyhooo, back to the topic at hand:
So, if they are indeed were at one time drilled for seepage,
do they need to be plugged? If so, I'd appreicate it if someone
can suggest a specific product that would work for this application.
Why do you suspect "vandals" of drilling into your foundation?
Outlandish supposition, outlandish thread.
Did Occam posit a special type of poster who is paranoid, defensive
and generally insulting while asking strangers for help? Maybe he
also addressed why someone would throw rocks at your house - from the
tone of your posts I think I know the reason.
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