The demolition continues in this segment, with the jack-hammer getting the best of me. Although I rarely get the chance to rejoice during demo, this time I did. Usually I look at the job and think to myself, “It really doesn’t look THAT bad,” then find out that the concrete is 10” thick in the exact spot I am going to bust up (only because they had accidentally dug too deep and had some leftover cement). It happens to me more often then not.
I’ve had experience working in houses in this neighborhood, and knew there would be many setbacks along the way. However, this time the demo-gods (no pun intended) were nice to me. The only problem I actually had was moving the jackhammer around.
I’ll be installing a Schluter shower system and needed to move the drain over. Other then bringing the bathroom up to code, there is nothing else that needs major work. I mean – how could much more be wrong in a 5’ x 7’ closet?
Then I moved into the kitchen. The goal here was to expose enough sewer pipe and cut out a section. By doing that, I’ll be able to have three Y’s installed (floor drain, appliance drain, and sink drain).
No, I didn’t use the Bosch pup to bust up the floor – just for the delicate work around a gas line (don’t ask – I still don’t know where it goes).
Please note the water damaged rotted plate. Oh, don’t worry – the wall is non-load bearing. There were more then one stud that was not supported.
After the kitchen, I moved into the living room. The previous owner had a window air conditioner mounted in the wall. I loved how he felt cutting a wall stud was nothing to be concerned about.
I had a window sitting around collecting dust so I thought it would be nice to allow for some air flow. The picture window is the only opening and without a screen door, natural cooling is not going to happen.
Of course, the outlet is exactly where I’m running a stud. The fun never ends.
Next time on Little House in the Heights – you’ll see the installation of another window – this time in the kitchen. Also, I have more floor to bust up!
Until then, be safe and have fun.
-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.