Posts Tagged "our first home"

Insulating the Stairway Walls

Put some time in after work, and threw in some Great Stuff foam along the stairway walls. I had to get the scaffold in place to reach everywhere, but I’ve found I’ve gotten much faster with the setup and breakdown of that guy.

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Bedroom Prep, Closet Demo Part 2

When I saw this, I got really excited. It’s amazing to see the room in this state, as the walls have never been this insulated or this protected ever. I know we’ve still got more work to do, but this was really encouraging.

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Clearing the Stairway Walls, Part 2

After this step, the next phase was cleaning up – which was a total pain. I had a few bags in the office that I had to haul downstairs. Then I had to clean and shop vac the second floor. Then clean and shop vac the stairs. Then clean and shop vac the first floor hall. Then clean and shop vac the dining room. And then finally clean the stairs down to the basement.

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Clearing the Stairway Walls, Part 1

While I was able to get to some of the demo in our stairwell, there’s a good amount of plaster and lathe that’s difficult to reach – and requires a scaffold. Luckily for us, Bob has such a thing (we’re so fortunate to be able to tap Bob’s awesome arsenal of tools/machines/gadgets).

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Bagster at Night

With all the street work and no-parking areas, it’s been critical for us to have the driveway available/open for Bob. And the thing with Bagster bags is that when you schedule a pickup day, they promise to remove it… within three days of that scheduled time.

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Demo Day

Liz and I did a lot of errands in the AM, and got to doing some demo in the late afternoon. With the master bedroom closer to being completed, we want to also get the walls along the stairs cleared and cleaned up.

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Prepping the Bedroom Wall

Today, while Liz and Bob were working on the master bedroom – I worked on cleaning and clearing up more space in the basement. We’ve got a lot of thing stacked up in the front office, and it’s getting near time to move all of that stuff down here (and out of the way).

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Solo Stairs Demo

We had a lovely morning, with Julie taking the train in from Valpo to meet us for a brunch at Promontory. After visiting a bit, Julie and Liz headed out to go fabric shopping, and I did a bit of demo work on the house.

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The Stars Above Us

Got home last night, and my task was to throw up some ceiling washers in the guest bedroom area (which will eventually be part of our shared office). As I was up there, I noticed some small stickers dotting the ceiling – stars and crescent moons.

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Cleaning the Bedroom Bricks

Tonight was one of the few nights Bob wasn’t planing on being at the house, so we used it as an opportunity to do some messy work. After getting home from work, we suited up and tackled cleaning the chimney bricks in the master bedroom.

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Dining Room Demo

This is not exactly what you’d call a relaxing weekend. But we did get a great deal of work done. The days and weeks are going to be busy like this for a little while, as we race the oncoming cold.

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Demo Prep in the Dining Room

One part of the ceiling was exposed, so I was able to see the joist directly. After putting in that first washer, I went to the other side of the room and picked up the joist down there, putting in another washer. Then I used the laser level to connect the dots, and put in more washers down the line.

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