|Welcome, come on in...|
|Trying to catch insulation as it falls out of the walls from the ceiling|
This demo job was disgusting. It was hot outside. We were covered in plaster dust. The ceiling was full of loose insulation that had been used by mice for years as nests and toilets. The smell was awful. And it itches.
I had to keep running my arms under water to try and remove the particles. We should have had long sleeves tucked into our gloves.
It took all day to chuck lathe out the window, haul to the burn pile. We started filling buckets with plaster and T hauled them down the stairs and out to the dumpster. After about the 20th trip, we just started chucking the plaster out the window too. We had buckets set up below, but a lot missed. We also filled bucket after bucket of insulation and hauled those down to the dumpster. At least those were lighter.
Here are the fabulous surprises that we found:
- The outer walls had insulation! Some of it was moldy though as moisture seems to be getting in from outside.
- We found an inscription in the wall from the Chalifoux's in 1973 which must be when the bathroom was created upstairs See it Here
- We found the original divider between the two rooms (the bathroom was created from taking space from each upper bedroom)
- Mice skeletons and fully mummified mice carcasses covered in what looks like creosote (found near the chimney)
|What a dusty mess!|
|The back wall with funky electrical wires - some live and dead-ended in the wall|
|The insulation and cobweb filled ceiling|
|Bathroom sink vent|
I have enough mess. Almost a week later, I am still dusting and sweeping and vacuuming up plaster dust. Fun.
|The double layer ceiling in the bathroom - gutting around the tub|
|Removed outer wall leaving angled sink and tub for now...|
|More of the ceiling...|
|More of the wall|
|more of the gutted walls|
|The EVIL ceiling|
|The gigantic light fixture|
|The outer wall|
|Bathroom ceiling and chimney that runs through it|
|More of the itchy awful mess...|
|And still more - this all fell out of the ceiling from the attic|
|What didn't fall and had to be knocked down with a broom...|