Well, all my inspiration to start a blog came from the work we did this weekend, so I suppose we should get right to it, hm? Project #1 is Operation Gut The Basement. Hubs has been working on this slowly over the past year, and we've been storing all the junked materials down there as dumpsters are Not Cheap around here! Well, we finally decided now's the time, so we bit the bullet and had a dumpster delivered Saturday morning.
|Lil C and the HUGE dumpster|
|Lil C, our cat Meow-ers, and the HUGE dumpster|
There is no "After" yet. When there is, I'll be sure to let you know. How about we start over with the "Before", "Middle", and "After" sequences?
|Southeast corner of the house, basement, BEFORE|
Concrete floor, green painted paneling, busted radiator covers...sounds homey to me! NOT! BTW, that's a sump pump hole in the corner.
|Middle - See the mold? How about the termite tunnels?|
On the left of the busted-out part, we have termite tunnels running nearly halfway up the wall. Yay. But we hadn't found any actual termites, so we figured they were all gone. That me MUCH less squeamish while cleaning up after them! And there was plenty of mold in that corner, but once it's out, it's out!
|Close-up of the termite tunnels on the drywall|
|Mold on the insulation|
|Mold AND termite tunnels!|
Hello? Why did you all leave? This is MY house after all! Oh, I get it - y'all forgot your coveralls. Ok, since this is the first day, I'll forgive you, but be sure to bring them next time or I'll dock your participation points.
|After about 2 hours|
This shows about 2 hours worth of work on my part. And Hubs was busy doing everything you already saw.
|Sunday morning's starting point|
And this is after Hubs gave up waiting for me to clear him a path through his destruction, so he pitched in and helped me. Sunday morning, we started with a half-full dumpster. We've cleared out about 1/3 of the basement. Doesn't really look like the main floor is gonna fit, does it?
Here are some miscellaneous "homeowner special" things we found.
|View from the garage side. See the crack?|
|Genius! Let's cut a squirrel-sized hole to run new piping!|
|Words fail me for this rad heat supply and return.|
And for the grand finale, we have ACTIVE termites!!! Can't you hear my enthusiasm for all the damage they've caused? This is looking down at the outer wall (to the left of that window you've hopefully noticed before now). The sill plate (bottom flat board) is completely crumbling in Hubs' gloved hand.
|The sill plate to the left isn't AS bad, but that's just because it's not AS wet.|
To wrap this up on a non-termite note, please enjoy these pictures that I took at 6:00 this morning as I snuck in an hour of extra clearing-out after Hubs left for work and before Lil C woke up.
|Again... totally thinkin' this is NOT going to all fit!!!|
|What a sunrise!!! I love the sun just barely touching the tree tops!|