This older home was built in the late 1800’s and was showing its wear. The plaster ceilings were cracking and the floors were as bouncy as could be. We stripped off the carpeting and removed the subflooring to assess the situation. What we found was that this old home had been ‘balloon-framed,’ an old construction method used when lumber was plentiful and skilled labor was hard to find. In order to stop the plaster from cracking and falling off the ceiling, we needed to strengthen the bouncy floor joists up above.