Digging down

So now that I have gotten the floors pulled up it’s time to start creating a crawlspace. The idea I have is to dig out the crawl space, jack up the house and get it all level, build a real foundation, and then set the house back on it.

 

So that starts by digging. Lots and lots of digging.IMG_4927

The process I’m using is to chop up the dirt with a pick ax, shovel it into 5 gallon buckets, and then haul the buckets out either to the wheel barrow, or as the pile gets taller, directly to the pile.IMG_4928

I went ahead and removed the floor joists in the back additions because they looked like this! Not useful anymore anyway and they made the digging much harder by being in the way.IMG_4929

 

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Also, I’ve decided I’m never burying any treasure because it’s too much work! I’ll find a better way to hide things!IMG_4933

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IMG_4940All done in that room. It’s VERY satisfying each time I finish off a segment!

 

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Burning down the house

Ok. I didn’t actually burn down the house. But I did turn the big old heap of old deck wood into firewood and give it away!

This heap had been here for a while and hadn’t gone anywhere. I had been hoping that someone would just make it disappear but it didn’t work out that way. So I decided to chop it into pieces that would fit in someones stove and see if that helped. It did! A friend of mine wanted a bunch and the last bit got picked up bit by bit by some local folks.IMG_4914

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It’s a good deal when everyone involved thinks they got the best end of the deal.I got rid of some ‘trash’ from my house and my friend and some other folks got to heat their house a little bit cheaper. Recycling and reusing is the best! So far with all the demolition I’ve managed to make one trip to the dump (right near the beginning when I felt I just needed to get a head start on getting stuff OUT of the way.) and the rest has been gotten rid of just through the weekly trash days. Almost all the wood has gone either into my wood box on the garage or into someone else’s wood stack, or into the garage for reuse later on in the project. All that has gone to the trash is mouldy drywall, panelling, and mouse turd infested insulation.
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The space onion

Layer by layer the walls come apart. I’ve decided that at this stage the house is a space onion. All shiny silver and it has layers… Ok. Maybe I’ve been breathing a BIT too much dust!Walls 32 - Living roomWalls 40 - Big bedroom, pre drywall removalWalls 41 - Big bedroom, post drywall removalCeilings 4 - Little bedroom, drywall removal has begunCeilings 5 - Little bedroom

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A little piece of history

This was one of the many layers of flooring in the little back bedroom.

Probably the coolest find yet! This is a piece of rather fibrous paper that comes apart in stringy layers if you try to tear it. But the cool thing about it that it has the name and address of the old Ridgway Mercantile on it! And a COD label from the Ridgway Express Agency! Too fun!

Probably the coolest find yet!
This is a piece of rather fibrous paper that comes apart in stringy layers if you try to tear it. But the cool thing about it that it has the name and address of the old Ridgway Mercantile on it! And a COD label from the Ridgway Express Agency! Too fun!

Odds and ends 17 - Paper with COD label

Odds and ends 18 - COD label

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Odds and ends

 

 

So in addition to rocks, whole sage brush, and lots of random oddments under the floor there was also a large stack of peices of old linoleum type flooring. Lots of colors and interesting patterns!Odds and ends 27 - Linoleum Odds and ends 26 - Linoleum Odds and ends 25 - Linoleum Odds and ends 24 - Linoleum

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Whack-a-mole floors

First few boards of this layer of floor are out! They were tricky too since they were the ones right up against the wall. Not much space to work.

First few boards of this layer of floor are out! They were tricky too since they were the ones right up against the wall. Not much space to work.

A longer view

A longer view

So here we are at about 1/2 of the floor being out. I have decided that this layer of flooring is not worth saving as a building material. The orignal floor appears to be pine (not oak as I was hoping!), is VERY dry, and is almost impossible to pull up without the tongues and grooves breaking off.

So here we are at about 1/2 of the floor being out. I have decided that this layer of flooring is not worth saving as a building material. The orignal floor appears to be pine (not oak as I was hoping!), is VERY dry, and is almost impossible to pull up without the tongues and grooves breaking off. So this goes SUPER quickly now! I’m using a circular saw to cut the flooring just to each side of the floor joists. The flooring falls out in nice evenly sized pieces that will fit nicely in the wood stove and they are being stacked in the wood bin in the garage. This just leaves about a 3 inch wide piece nailed to each joist and those are easy to remove by simply swinging a hammer UP at them from between the joists and they fly off. It’s actually kind of fun in a Whack-A-Mole sort of way! What follows is a row by row by row set of pictures as I cut out each section.

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And here it is with all the little Whack-A-Mole pieces gone too.

And here it is with all the little Whack-A-Mole pieces gone too.

Whew! It’s nice to have a part of the project that is actually moving along quickly! AND I have a nice full wood box now!

All the old flooring is stacked up and filling the wood bin! All ready for next winter!

All the old flooring is stacked up and filling the wood bin! All ready for next winter!

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From 70’s panelling to yellow submarine to space bubble

This is one of the living room walls prior to being torn apart. I have to remove the paneling and the drywall in order to get the original layer of flooring up. Plus after seeing some of the amazing mould layers in the walls near the bathroom I'm inclined to make sure none of the rest of the walls look like that!

This is one of the living room walls prior to being torn apart. I have to remove the paneling and the drywall in order to get the original layer of flooring up. Plus after seeing some of the amazing mould layers in the walls near the bathroom I’m inclined to make sure none of the rest of the walls look like that!

The east window of the living room.

The east window of the living room. And also the required music center for any remodeling project! I can pick up a few radio stations, listen to my music, practice my spanish, or listen to books on tape while I work. Perfect!

The north west corner of the living room and the propane heater.

The north west corner of the living room and the propane heater.

The west side of the living room between the bedroom doors.

The west side of the living room between the bedroom doors.

The paneling and drywall have been striped of from around the french doors.

The paneling and drywall have been stripped off from around the french doors. It kinda feels like I’m working in a space bubble with all the shiny silver!

Luckily most of the paneling and drywall seem to be mould free! I guess it's just all the condensation near the wood stove that was the issue. Good to know since I plan to re-install the wood stove! I'll need to make sure that walls are appropriately protected, insulated, ventilated, etc so they don't mould. Especially since the wood stove is still going to be backed up to the bathroom even though I'm moving both to the west side of the house!

The ‘yellow submarine’ colored walls. Luckily most of the paneling and drywall seem to be mould free! I guess it’s just all the condensation near the wood stove that was the issue. Good to know since I plan to re-install the wood stove! I’ll need to make sure that walls are appropriately protected, insulated, ventilated, etc so they don’t mould. Especially since the wood stove is still going to be backed up to the bathroom even though I’m moving both to the west side of the house!

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Rub-a-dub-dub, Goodbye-to-the-tub!

Bye bye tub!

Bye bye tub!

The tub is out! One last wall and I can FINALLY get the last of the floor boards up!

The tub is out! One last wall and I can FINALLY get the last of the floor boards up!

Messy messy messy.

Messy messy messy.

There. Thats better. NO. MORE. FLOOR. BOARDS. At least not from THAT layer of the floor!

There. Thats better. NO. MORE. FLOOR. BOARDS. At least not from THAT layer of the floor!

And here is what I look like during this rather dusty, mouldy adventure!

And here is what I look like during this rather dusty, mouldy adventure!

 

 

 

 

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Hi ho, Hi ho, it’s back to the floors I go…

Hi ho, Hi ho, it's back to the floors I go... Now that the walls of the bathroom and the 'big' bedroom are out of the way I'll get the rest of the floor boards up,

Now that the walls of the bathroom and the ‘big’ bedroom are out of the way I’ll get the rest of the floor boards up.

First layer is all out of the 'big' bedroom.

First layer is (mostly) all out of the ‘big’ bedroom.

Wood stoves should really be moved by two people. Oddly enough, for being made out of cast iron, they are REALLY heavy and bulky. But inch by inch I got it moved.

Wood stoves should really be moved by two people. Oddly enough, for being made out of cast iron, they are REALLY heavy and bulky. But inch by inch I got it moved.

And this was under the propane heater stove. There WAS a little sheet metal base that the stove sat on but that base was set directly on the carpet. Obviously that wasn't the best way to install it!

And this was under the propane heater stove. There WAS a little sheet metal base that the stove sat on but that base was set directly on the carpet. Obviously that wasn’t the best way to install it!

Oh goody. More mould!

Oh goody. More mould!

Goodbye mould!

Goodbye mould!

 

Ok. Time for that last bit of bathroom wall and the tub to go. Taking out floors sure involves a lot of walls!

Ok. Time for that last bit of bathroom wall and the tub to go. Taking out floors sure involves a lot of walls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Progress report!

No more walls for the 'big' bedroom

No more walls for the ‘big’ bedroom

Time to tackle the tub plumbing and THAT wall.

Time to tackle the tub plumbing and THAT wall. Nice to see that it was sealed well and didn’t leak… oh, It was leaking. I see.

 

 

Progress!

At the start…

Progress!

Part way through…

Progress!

Progress!

 

 

 

 

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