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  • Jake Heffernan

Metal Foundation Belt Installed to Stop Water Infiltration

Updated: Jun 28

Last week, work was completed on the metal band covering the gap between the foundation and 1st level of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1912 and is clad in steel plates that are riveted to the steel I-beams that make up the framework of the building. The bottom of these plates, being subjected to water and ice for more than 100 years, was rusted in some places, allowing water to enter between the steel and concrete. The interior of the machinery space has been frequently wet around the edges, concerning us to the damage this may be causing.

South face prior to the belt. Note the jagged, rusted metal below the lowest line of rivets

Paplham Welding & Fabrication of Kewaunee County bent steel strips to fit the contour of the foundation, then welded them in place around the perimeter. Volunteers then primed and painted the bare metal.

This week, volunteers will return to caulk the joint between the belt and the sheeting to fully seal the gap.

We're relieved to have this repair complete and are hopeful that it improves the conditions inside the building!

This project completes work Paplham began in 2023, with the removal of the steel plates covering the first level windows. The total approved budget for this entire project was $6,700.

In the end, the removal of the steel plates in 2023 cost $1,800. The belt project cost a total of $4,518, bringing the total to $6,318.

Thank you to our donors who made these projects a reality!

This project was completed entirely via funds donated to the Friends of the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse, a 501c3 non-profit corporation.

To contribute to future projects, please visit the donation page.

Your donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.



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