If anyone noticed I have been away for a bit. My demolition deadline has dictated more work and less blogging – plus I have worked some catering double shifts this week. So let’s catch up.
I am happy to report that after today, I expect all remaining wood to have been stripped from Sparta, except for the floors. I have grown especially troubled by the asbestos lurking under the original 9″ linoleum tiles. As I read more about it (blame Internet information overload), I think I may need to be abundantly cautious about the removal and disposal of said flooring. But there is a chance that there is NO asbestos in the floor, rendering my caution and extra effort unnecessary. So I just emailed a local environmental testing lab here locally to see what it would cost to confirm or allay my fears. More on that later.
Demolition is one aspect about home improvement that I really enjoy. Almost any knucklehead can do it (so it’s not as intimidating), it proceeds relatively quickly thereby creating a sense of progress and achievement and it is very educational. As I have performed this dismantling, I have learned much through simple observation – much like Medieval med students did when dissembling a cadaver. Gross but true. They didn’t have a repair manual back then and I really don’t now. So I am taking a lot of pictures, using a Sharpie to label things/locations that might be reused and praying a lot, as I suspect these fellows to the left once did. The other great thing about demolition is that not too much can go horribly wrong – I mean, it’s not like the patient can die.
The above is a sample of the immediate gratification that can result from demolition work. This vivid illustration is made possible by the wonder of time-lapse photography: