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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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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.

Floor removal 28 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression Floor removal 29 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression Floor removal 30 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression Floor removal 31 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression Floor removal 32 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression Floor removal 33 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression Floor removal 34 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression Floor removal 35 - Cutting out the second layer of wood progression

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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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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These walls have a secret…

No more toilet. Cue instant need to pee...

No more toilet. Cue instant need to pee…

This floor was damn near impossible to get to. My goodness. The plywood on top had glued on vinyl flooring that covered the screws so it involved prying things up to discover where the screws might be, scrape the vinyl up to find the screw head, remove screw. Repeat. About 100 times. :P

This floor was damn near impossible to get to. My goodness. The plywood on top had glued on vinyl flooring that covered the screws so it involved prying things up to discover where the screws might be, scraping the vinyl up to find the screw head, remove screw. Repeat. About 100 times. 😛 And then this layer of floor is just icky. And saggy. And soggy.

No more wall between the bathroom and the 'big' bedroom.

No more wall between the bathroom and the ‘big’ bedroom.

Another view. Net to go will be that other bathroom wall. The wall with a dark, dark secret...

Another view. Next to go will be that other bathroom wall. The wall with a dark, dark, evil secret…

Dun dun duuuuuuuh! When I first opened up this wall my first though was 'wow, this wall has been on fire' (the wood stove was right on the other side of this wall. But no. Thats not soot. Soot would be nice. Thats mould. Mould is NOT nice. SOOO glad I have a decent face mask!

Dun dun duuuuuuuh! When I first opened up this wall my first though was ‘wow, this wall has been on fire’ (the wood stove was right on the other side of this wall.) But no. Thats not soot. Soot would be nice. Thats mould. Mould is NOT nice. SOOO glad I have a decent face mask!

More 'pretty' mould. This is on the living room side of the wall, under the fake wood panelling and on top of the dry wall. The YELLOW dry wall...

More ‘pretty’ mould. This is on the living room side of the wall, under the fake wood panelling and on top of the dry wall. The YELLOW dry wall…

Walls 8 - The mold between the living room panelling and the drywall

Walls 9 - What pretty moldThe secret is revealed! Between the vintage carpet with the vintage dog smell embedded in it and the damp and mouldy bathroom, it’s no wonder at all that the house smelled OLD when this project began!

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Let the hammers hit the floor!

Here is the starting point. It isn't horrible but I certainly have dreams for this house that don't include circa 1970s carpet so...

Here is the starting point. It isn’t horrible but I certainly have dreams for this house that don’t include circa 1970s carpet so…

Underneath the tasteful 1970s carpet (which smells like 40 years of dog by the way) is some fully disintegrated carpet padding. Well some of the edges where there wasn't any traffic are still kinda foam rubber like but mostly it just super fine black rubber dust. Except where people walked a lot. Those areas have a lot of good old fashioned dirt dust instead. No carpet padding left to be found!
Underneath the tasteful 1970s carpet (which smells like 40 years of dog by the way) is some fully disintegrated carpet padding. Well some of the edges where there wasn’t any traffic are still kinda foam rubber like but mostly it just super fine black rubber dust. Except where people walked a lot. Those areas have a lot of good old fashioned dirt dust instead. No carpet padding left to be found!

Ok. All the carpet is out of the living room (and is now acting as a dirt/mud covering for the area where the deck used to be. Works well!

Ok. All the carpet is out of the living room (and is now acting as a dirt/mud covering for the area where the deck used to be. Works well!)

All the carpet padding remnants have been scraped off the boards.

All the carpet padding remnants have been scraped off the boards.

The most amazing Ariel hard at work in the west bedroom. This is AFTER carpet and 3 layers of linoleum have been pulled out! You rock Ariel!

The most amazing Ariel hard at work in the west bedroom. This is AFTER carpet and 3 layers of linoleum have been pulled out! You rock Ariel!

One of the layers of fancy linoleum. Interesting stuff!

One of the layers of fancy linoleum. Interesting stuff! By the way, that blue and yellow tool in the picture is one of the BEST demolition tools ever. That, a claw hammer, and a dead blow hammer will take about anything apart. A crowbar would be a good addition but I haven’t bought one yet.

More fancy linoleum.
More fancy linoleum.

Finally down to wood in the last part of that room.

Finally down to wood in the last part of that room.

The 'big' bedroom has a concrete floor. Yea! That will be fun to remove! Right...

The ‘big’ bedroom has a concrete floor. Yea! That will be fun to remove! Right…

Fancy fancy stuff! I love it. Don't want it on the floor but it sure is pretty!

Fancy fancy stuff! I love it. Don’t want it on the floor but it sure is pretty!

One last look...

One last look…

Whee! Wood floors everywhere except the ‘big’ bedroom is half concrete. And the bathroom has a mystery floor. It’s been redone by adding to the top of the floor. We’ll see whats what over there on a different day.

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