The ceiling panels are now completely pulled down throughout the ground level, the sawdust removed, and the boards cleaned of nails and stacked neatly in the garage. With this accomplished, we've started pulling up the floorboards. They aren't worth saving (most of them are rotten), so the work goes fast. We managed to clear the living room and made our way down through to the crawlspace. It's pretty exciting. These pictures are all taken from today.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Apparently, sawdust was once a popular insulation material. Our ceilings are packed with it and a brief inspection today supports that it's in the ground floor as well. I've seen a number of discussion board comments about rodent/insect problems and sawdust insulation, but we've found no evidence of infestation this far. (We did find two pieces of bone today, but both were too big to be a rodent - not that this is necessarily comforting). It is dry and very light. We've been shoveling it into large garbage bags to remove it.
Posted by Liz at 1:07 PM
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Our full energy (outside of our full time jobs) has not been put into the house these past two weeks, but some progress is still being made. It was unreasonably cold last weekend (-15C on 4 February). The worst of the cold was not unbearable working conditions. Unfortunately, we also had a water pipe burst from frost. It created more mess than damage, thankfully (what's to damage, really, when the place is already gutted?). We picked up an industrial dehumidifier to help suck out the moisture (for the water that did not drain into our backyard, creating our own little skating rink), and it seems to be working great. We're now back to the +/- 5 range, and that will make it easier to pick up the pace a little come next week (fingers crossed).
Here's some photos from today.
Posted by Liz at 8:32 AM
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Instead of working on the house this weekend, we went for a nice long drive in the countryside to pick up some "new" windows.
(Photo from the announcement)
Posted by Liz at 12:01 PM