From the beginning the "basement" was our nemesis. The continual repair, rebuilding and restoration was literally a two step forward and one step backward process for several years. This photograph shows three things. (1) Note the three floor jacks, two black and one red. There are 12 jacks in the basement. We began installing them in 2005 in order to stabilize and level the floors. In the process, and for the next several years, we discovered there is a delicate balance between floor leveling and keeping enough weight on the mortarless fieldstone foundation walls to keep them from giving way. Ours was a painful trial and error process. (2) The block wall was installed in 2008 as a means of stopping the sloughing of dirt from beneath the original 30" stone stem wall. In 2010, concrete 14"X 8" footers were poured for the continuation of the block wall at a right angle to the one in place. When we left in the fall of 2010 we felt that all was well. (3) When we returned in the spring of 2011 this cavern greated us. The dirt had sloughed from beneath the now dangling, precarious and dangerous 30" 200 year old stone stem wall. We were shocked and more than a little discouraged, but grateful we hadn't lost the whole wall.