...and crafting a purposeful recovery

Primum Non Nocere (First, do no harm)

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 reusedDissection_of_a_Cadaver 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.



sparta before

Beautiful BR cabinet – Wednesday, 7:35 am


Wednesday 9:37am
Wednesday 11:52 am

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:


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