Thursday, January 27, 2005

Emerald the Work Cat

I tried to bring Emerald with me to the work house yesterday. It did not go to well. It started fine. I loaded my car full with a bunch of trash. I grabbed Emerald and drove to the dump. She was a little spooked by the dump but did ok.

When I went back to the house I closed both doors and let her free in the house. I started doing some demolition work. She really did not like this. I opened a window to get fresh air into the house. I also open the way to the basement. Emerald cried for a while, then disappeared. I worked for a while not thinking about it. After about an hour of not seeing her I got worried. I returned home to get tuna for her. I put some tuna inside and out. I had to run some errands, so we did not see her again until around 4. She simply showed up like it was no big deal. She must have jumped out of second story window. When we continued to work, she disappeared again. She did not show up again until 6:30. In the 5 minute ride back to our other house she shat in my car.

Emerald has made it pretty clear that she does not like the new house. I wonder how long it will take her to come around to this place.

As far as the construction is concerned, we are still finishing the demolition. We are trying to decide how to remove an old chimeny that is no longer used.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Stair Moving

Ralph is moving the stairs today. He brought in one other carpenter. I think the two of them will get the job done today. If they do it should be good money at $820 for 16 hours of work and lumber. I consider it money well spent since the cost of doing it wrong could be much worse.

We got the bill and weight back from the dumpster company. Annie, some helpers and I carried 6.68 tons from the house into that dumpster.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Tub On Belay

Yesterday was a big day. Jared came over and helped move some big stuff. There were two main things to move, the stairs and the old tub.

First we moved the tub. Annie and Jared were in favor of smashing the tub and bringing it down in pieces. I convinced them that a belay system could make the job reasonable. I set up a simple belay with some cheap hardware. Annie worked the belay and Jared and I hauled the tub. The belay system put most of the weight onto the house, not us.

The second big item was the stairs. We removed the old stairs so that we can move them into a different place. We will get new stairs in a little while, but we needed to move these so we could frame the upstairs. The stairs took less gadgetry. We supported the stairs on a jack, then cut them free. To our suprise they were supported much better than we thought. Several times we cut them free only to watch them continue to hold on. When we finally cut them free we lowered the stairs down with no rope assist.

Today I am going to the dump on my lunch break. Our backyard has turned into a lumberyard. We continue to pull more and more stuff out of this house. The demolition is very close to done, but I know there will still be more to come.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Dump Subaru

Yesterday we continued the demo, but did not finish. We took down the final original ceiling. To our suprise what we thought was just drywall, was actually drywall over plaster and lattice.

We made two trips to the dump, one in a bad snow storm. The subaru is turning out to be a good snow dump truck. :)

Today we will take down the stairs and hopefully finish the demolition. The trash will not be out for a while, but the destruction should be done today.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Sawzall Rocks

We put in a big day of demo. We pulled out the rafters for the ceiling in the front bedroom. This will give us another 2 feet of room height in that room.

I played with the sawzall for the first time. Cool tool. The coolness of cutting through solid pipe wears off quickly.

With the help of the sawzall almost all the plumbing and electric is out.

We took our first trip to the dump with my subaru. I think they were very surpirsed to see a car pull up to the dump. (instead of a truck)

Hopefully the demo is almost done and we can start fixing the sagging floor. Maybe tomorrow will be the last day of demolition.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Still Demoing

We met with a contractor who told us we definitely need to pull down the tin ceiling in the kitchen. We needed to get into the floor to straighten the floor of the second floor.

So we pulled down the tin ceiling. The plaster underneath had already fallen apart. There was some leaking from the bathroom above.

Also the dumpster was taken away today. I look forward to getting the weight back from the dumpster company. I want to know how much we pulled out. Already we have a lot more trash. We may have to get another dumpster.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Demo Progress

We continued the demo today. Most of the bulk work is done so we have started to do some of the slower stuff, like pulling out the electrical wiring. The dumpster is so full now that we cannot place any large items in it. We finished exposing the brick we plan to expose.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005


We closed on the house today. The stuff was supposed to be out by now, but no love. Annie, Jared and Sandor started to demolish the house. We were breaking down the house around the old furniture.

We get the promise of Jerry that the old stuff will be out tomorrow.