Strip it down

Another weekend of demolition, though it’s getting less dramatic and more detail oriented. Much of my time yesterday and today was spent prying up gripper boards around the perimeters and staples all along the floor to get the linoleum up. Underneath were floor boards that haven’t seen the light of day since the ’20s. They’re pretty rustic, but I’m hoping they will finish nicely.


I also took down the drop ceiling from the dining room. I was very happy to find out how easy it is to take the frames down. One had to stay up, for the time being, until I find somewhere for the chandelier to go. I need a light source to work, though I don’t know how much work I’ll really be doing at night.


And I found out why they had the drop ceiling in the first place.


I also tore down the wallboard on the wall between the dining room and kitchen. After seeing how it’s framed, we’re pretty confident that it is not load bearing and can come down.


I also started on all the surfaces in the entry and stairs. Under the carpet was old, old padding that was very itchy. The tribbles you see on the stairs are bits of it stapled down. I still need to get those up.



You can see where they took off part of the old trim when they put up the paneling.


Under most of the wallboard is the old plaster and lathe. So I have still more walls to pull down. And more staples to pry and pull. And more tack boards to pull up. But here’s what I’ve stripped off already.




8 comments on “Strip it down

  1. They let barbarians buy houses every day. Glad to know you’re bringing this wonderful old house back from the brink.

    Plumbing is easy to move one you know how. Are you having any contractors come in, or totally DIY?

    • We have some contractors; I just met with them yesterday. They’re friends rather than the typical contractor type It would take forever if it was totally DIY. I need to get my electrician to come in and look at it.

  2. I’m amazed at how much work you’re getting done in the short amount of time you’re able to spend there. Good work! I would recommend you buy a big shop vac. I used one constantly when were building our house in Pace–cleaning between the studs and everywhere debris/dust collects so it doesn’t get trapped when you seal up these areas. Wish I was there to help you. It looks like an excellent mother/daughter bonding activity!

    • A shop vac is pretty crucial; buy a hepa filter for it. Almost everything in an old house has lead (in paint) or asbestos (ceilings, sometimes plaster, linoleum, etc). You probably know all that and I don’t think you always have to break out the spacesuits, but it’s good to be thoughtful about. We gave up on the disposable masks and bought respirators for dust, general nastiness, but we also did some serious lead abatement. (For asbestos, you can’t do it in California without a hazmat company, but oddly enough it’s safe to do in Oregon and Vermont, who offer handy DIY steps) In the long run you’re going to reseal pretty much every surface, so it’s not a worry.

      • I got the shop vac yesterday and ordered a respirator today with the small particulates cartridge. I know that asbestos is dangerous, but the degree to which it’s demonized makes you think some trade group is definitely making money off of getting rid of it. Maybe I’m just a conspiracy theorist.

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