A colleague recently gave me the September issue, in which there was an article about a granary and its basement water problems (“Drying a Stone Cellar”). When I started to read the article — about the restoration of an old structure — I was interested. As I read further, I realized that this was not a restoration at all, but a remodeling and sterilization.

My major disagreement is the application of modern building methods to this old structure. One example is the author’s use of a vapor barrier on the ground in the cellar. The moisture content in the soil under the vapor barrier will rise, causing moisture to migrate vertically in the foundation walls. This can cause a condition called rising...

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