Open Wide (And That Will Do for Now)

Step one: Allow the wide, smooth expanse of plaster taunt me in to tackling it at 6 p.m.

Step 1: Allow the wide, smooth expanse of plaster taunt me in to tackling it at 7 p.m. on Friday

Step 2: Reciprocating saw cuts along the studs through the backside. Realize I'm going to need more dropcloths.

Step 2: Reciprocating saw cuts along the studs through the backside. Realize more dropcloths are needed, but know that the floor will need refinishing anyway, so screw it.

Step 3: Come out swinging. And try not to fall off the ladder.

Step 3: Come out swinging. And try not to fall off the ladder…again.

Step 4: Piling bits neatly convinces me that, at 11 p.m., it's OK to wait until tomorrow to clean up.  Note: Bad idea; JJ jumped atop one pile at toppled it at 4 a.m.

Step 4: Pile bits neatly so as to convinces oneself that, at 11 p.m., it’s OK to wait until tomorrow to clean up.
Note: Bad idea; JJ jumps atop a pile and topples it at 4 a.m.

Step 5: Make coffee and clean up.

Step 5: Tear out studs and clean up. Decide that too much cleanup is a waste of time.

Step 6: Realize there is still a railing to move (above), a floor and the ceiling below it to remove, another wall to tear out and a closet doorway to remove, cut down and relocate.

Step 6: Lament that there is still a railing to move (above the viewing area), a floor and the ceiling below it to remove (as marked), another wall to tear out, a closet doorway to remove, cut down to size and relocate and carpet to tear out. All before rebuilding can commence.

Step 7: Decide that really is quite enough work for one 24-hour period.

Step 7: Decide I’ve done quite enough work for one 24-hour period.

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Editor & content director for Popular Woodworking, ABD PhD focused on early modern drama, freelance content and copy editor/writer, ailurophile
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7 Responses to Open Wide (And That Will Do for Now)

  1. Meagan, That’s some mighty fine demolition thus far! Hope you’re wearing a 1/2 face respirator or at least a dust mask.. Seems things are really beginning to open wide for the much better appearance for a single family dwelling. Yes, its certainly time for a few sips of your fine liquor. What’s your choice, can’t read the label?

    • fitz says:

      Of course I am. Goodness knows what’s in that old wallboard!

      That’s Elmer T. Lee; good stuff at a reasonable price.

  2. mysticcarver says:

    The progress looks great so far!
    *clinks glasses…. Cheers M’Lady

  3. Brian says:

    Mi sledgehammer es au sledgehammer

  4. ctregan says:

    looks like a good spot for a furniture of necessity hall bench.

  5. J.C. says:

    Well done! Have another for me, I’m on a diet… for now. Till then, you’ll have to drink my share. LOL

  6. So far, fun to read. Doing a gut job myself. The giant shop vac was the best money I’ve spent to date.

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