Alston, CA, Jan 10 – Rotten flooring underneath Alston’s Government Buildings has finally been addressed today as work begins on tearing out and replacing failing floorboards underneath the Meeting Hall.
Contractors this afternoon began removing wooden beams and floorboards affected by borer decades ago that has weakened to near breaking point.
The condition of some boards was so poor that they would crumble in a shower of dust when tapped with a crowbar.
Alongside the rotting flooring, stabler floorboards have been observed moving during the removal of their rotten counterparts, a condition attributed to loose, ill-suited nails used when the Buildings were moved to their current site between 30 and 50 years ago.
The nails are to be removed and the floorboards stabilised with screws.
Work has finished for the day with a large wooden board covering the hole in the Hall’s floor, with replacement wood, screws and glue scheduled to be acquired and used to complete the repairs tomorrow.
The cost of the repairs is estimated to be between §120 and §200.