He also showed us where the cracked joist is relative to the kitchen floor and told us that it was okay to go ahead and install a refrigerator in the space where a 'fridge goes, because that space is away from the cracked joist and it won't affect the work that his people will do. We're going to look at refrigerators later today.
Incidentally, this contractor is the person who moved the Fernley Train Depot from its original site — which turns out to be just about right across the street from our house! — to a new location over on Main Street. (He also knew the original owner of this house, who was a railroad employee, not surprisingly.) He told us stories about how the local group acquired the depot and how his company cut the building into three pieces, moved it half a mile, and reassembled it on its new site. Sometime in the future, the restored depot may be open to the public, we hope.