Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Four

See part three here!
We are in the midst of it all.
Dust, debris, drywall and a lot of wood  for temporary walls which will
  probably be repurposed into a SHE SHED!!

( they say the power of positive thinking)

Even the ceiling is gone in the old laundry room.

This new found floorspace used to be part of the attic.
  I was thinking of raising small herd animals in there.

But the most exciting part of the job has arrived.  Our steel beam.

Mr FT cut it to size and together we drilled holes for the support columns and wood.  Wood was added to the inside for drywall.  We used countersunk holes, nuts and bolts to secure the 2x10s to the beam.

 We built 2x6 jigs (not the Irish jig that cousin Jack does) for each side of the beam so that the two of us would be able to get it into place.  The beam went up in 12" increments.  Worked great with the help of a few jacks and a scaffold..... and by Jacks, I mean the manual lifting kind....not my Irish cousin.  He was too busy dancing

With the beam nearly in place, it was time to think about the support columns.
A long story short, we are only able to permanently secure one side for now.  The other will be secured in the spring as concrete must be spilled for a proper footing.  With no basement under the south side, looks like floorboards will be destroyed too. ahhhhh more dirt. 
 For now we will use a Telepost in an awkward place. 
 Kind of right smack dab in the middle of the room.

Just when you thought things couldn't get more exciting,
look who showed up at our door.

And it brought gifts!!
 Feel free to use this picture whenever you want!
Spread the...well you know.

We have no idea where it came from.  After calling neighbors and posting
 on social media, it's still a mystery. 

 Does this class as a small herd animal?
 I could raise it in our new found space

We will call it Manny for short!
 That way, if it's a girl, 
she can be Amanda, and a boy could be Emanuel!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Three

See part two here
I left you with a stripped wall on our last adventure

 but I am pretty sure this stripped would be much easier on the eyes!
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As promised in part one, this post brings you more temporary walls.
 Six of them in all. 

and on the other side of the wall were two sets of stairs.

As we say goodbye to the old stairs, we say hello to a serial killer....a.k.a
The Fly Murderer.....a.k.a
Mr. FT

He's gotten pretty good at dropping the crowbar on flies. 

Gawd all the flies....
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A little glimpse with the plaster and lath removed from the wall studs
and the start of some new floor joists to fill in where the stairs were.
hmmmmm still waiting for the pretty pictures.......
You can see part four here!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Two

Part two brings us a new living the kitchen.
We set up the necessary furniture...#1 being the TV of course, and then somewhere to park our butts after a long day of renovating.  

  I just jump behind the couch for coffee in the morning, 
It keeps me limber for the day ahead so I save money on gym fees.

I feel like I am a real chef watching Mr. FT prepare our meals instead of just hearing the pots banging from the other room like the old days.

TV snacks are within arms reach which means never hitting the pause button!.

 If you leave the bathroom door open and lean a little, you can watch while you pee too! 

We now have a west wing which includes the master bedroom. 
I bet you're thinking" pretty fancy" 
Don't be jealous.
  You could probably have a west wing too if you have
 a basement and a ladder and are willing to cut a hole in the floor!

Nuff bragging about my new TV situation!!

We will now step into 1904 A.K.A. the old part of the house.
I'm not very good at before pics...I actually mean my phone is not very good at pics.  It's always going dead at the most inopportune time, like EVERY TIME I was going to take a picture.
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An IPhone conspiracy to make me buy a new phone....I'm onto you Apple!!

This is the wall that will be gone soon.
Through the doorway is where our laundry room used to be. 

Only three layers of flooring!

Holy crap....what have we gotten ourselves into?
Perhaps we could skip to the end now
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part One

 I thought I would pop in to say hi and tell you about our latest shenanigan!

 Hi  :)

You know those home shows where they talk about
 "Just blowing out this wall and putting in a beam"

Well this is what we are doing... we're just gonna blow out a wall and put in a beam.

But first
we had to go to the basement and fix the previous tenants sins..  
When we ripped down some "stylin ceiling tiles" (not shown to protect your poor eyes),
 we were faced with this nightmare.......

The pink arrow was a window that was just buried underground with a sheet of plywood. 
 Hello mouse highway!
Nothing a bit of concrete can't fix!

The green arrows were two floor joists that were cut off with a plank of wood nailed to the end to support them. 
 Yikes.... my old washing machine used to bunk there.

The yellow arrows are two of four joists that were notched to run a copper water line.
We had already sistered them in this picture.

Next up, was to build a permanent wall for all the new "sisters" to hang out on.
We poured a new concrete beam on the floor.  Approximately 8x8 inches

Built a wall on top of the concrete. 
 I no longer worry about the house falling in and breaking my glue gun!

Three temp walls are erected to support floor joists where an old staircase was.
Arrows are at the base of each of the temporary walls.

The ladder is my new route to the bedroom....yep living the dream!!

Stay tuned for part two. 
  Feral Turtle gets a sledgehammer and
 soon, more temporary walls on the main floor. 

BTW since properly fixing the buried window issue, we are no longer the world's most popular mouse tourist destination.
Sorry Micky!

I bet you wish we could just skip to the last do I my do I.