Friday, June 13, 2008

A Full Week of Work

This will be a long blog this week because of the amount of

work that was done and the pictures not being anywhere

near a computer. Above is the room gutted and cleaned.

The chimney revealed an old stove pipe that had been

patched up and covered.

This is a HUGE critter nest of some kind - what you are looking at

is corn cobs. We're thinking they have to be pre 1920.

New materials being delivered. Bill really liked them loading

everything into the room. (Thanks Russ)

Everything in.

Bill demolishing a wall after talking with me on the phone -

so all of the walls finally came down.

Mike came over to give the guys a hand with the ceiling.

Paul drywalling the ceiling (there will even be lights on the

ceiling with switches!). We're coming out of the Dark Ages.

Starting the walls.

The window is out - and Paul is KP-ing the area.

After a few attempts they finally get the window

in the way they want it.

The next three shots all the drywall is up. Russ is building
a raised panel section to put over the mantel, should look
good - he does nice work.

My friend Dawn told me to make sure the workers
marked everything as they were putting it back together
for the next demo crew - they thought putting their empties in
the wall would be appropriate. Bill made sure it was a Summer Ale
so they would know what season it was.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Demolition Day

We enlisted the help of Paul and began the day by taping all of the doors in
hopesof keeping most of the debris in the room. The house has a lot
of exterior doors so we have to use the front door to get upstairs and stay
out of the rest of the downstairs rooms.
Keeping the dust at bay was the plan.

Trying to protect what we can - even though the floor is a mess already.

Paul covering the only open doorway.

Bill looking a little more Middle Eastern than he really is.

He's learned from experience that this is the only way to dress

for this sort of thing.

Cait was volunteered to help. She's home from school and jobless

and she can be a great help if she puts her mind to it.

Moving the plaster out of the house.

Cait taking out the lath.

Paul removing the lath from above the fireplace exposing some interesting masonry

done when the stoves were in the house. Another job discovered.

The ceiling is down and Cait's cleaning up.

Then we discovered that the beam on the second floor on the outside

wall had a lot of rot and decided to call in the big guns

for an opinion.

Russ came over with a promise of food and brought his tools

with him (I don't think he leaves home without them).

So once again he's the hero because he's the only one who really

knows what's going on in this type of job and what

you have to fix and what you can repair.

More to come.