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 post...so do I my friend....so do I.


  1. Kudos. Every once in a while I go in my basement and look at the supports, etc. Then I go back upstairs, wondering how much time the house has. Good for you to do something about yours.

  2. Hi Karen, I just love a renovation project. So glad you have the supports fixed and the mouse route cemented in. I know this is going to be awesome. Can't wait for more. You always give me a smile my friend. Have fun and enjoy the process. Hugs!!

  3. WOW....just WOW! Have you been hanging out with Chip Gaines....he LOVES blowing out walls? I'm so glad you got rid of that "Welcome Mousies" sign. Do you really climb that ladder to get to your bedroom? My hat's off to you, my friend.

    Warm hugs,

  4. I wonder if your previous tenant did renovation in my home. I swear, the person who worked on this house was a real jackass. We've found so many questionable things (like paper towels shoved behind electrical outlets to keep them in place!) to screwy plumbing, it's a wonder out house hasn't caught fire or flooded yet. We dusted off our tools from last winter's basement renovation and decided to start ripping out one of our bathrooms to redo. We ordered our shower 6 weeks ago, and I'm pretty sure it's turning into a situation like your tile order from a while back. Not cool! I should have a sneak peek of some of what we've worked on posted later this week.

    Good luck with the rest of your project! Can't wait to see the finished results! You should post your legs too. I bet they will be in pretty great shape after having to climb that ladder all the time to get to your room lol.

  5. So good to hear from you! I almost spit my coffee on my keyboard--"I no longer worry about the house falling in and breaking my glue gun!" OMG!!
    You two have your work cut out for you--for sure! Will all be so worth it in the end, but you'll be tired of it before then, I'm sure. Take lots of pictures!! :) :)

  6. It's like they don't realize that what they're cutting away at is holding something up (ie: a house!!!) So glad you are addressing the issues and your house probably is too. It looks like hard work, but well worth it and you all are doing it THE RIGHT WAY. Looking forward to seeing the end results. Keep up the great work and so happy to see that your sense of humor is still intact - Amy

  7. so you is saying you had mice before? What? Jeepers creepers....

  8. You have some serious skills, girl!!! Reminds me of my dad who would do project after project to change out our house. One day I went to school and came back home and our dining room had become a bathroom - a much needed one with five kids. Can't wait to see your finished results!

  9. Hey Karen! You go girl! There always seems to be surprises when taking down old walls or ceilings. Ya just gotta say what the heck were they thinking? Can't wait to see it all done.

  10. Wow, I see you've been busy! And I'm so glad to hear your glue gun is safe! :D It looks and it is lots of work, but you're gonna end up with such a nice and secure space! Looking forward to see all the work done in here and the beauty shots!

  11. I had to laugh at Rita's comment :) Wow, you certainly have your work cut out for you! No wonder I have not seen you around blogville.

    Have fun and be careful! Hugs to you, my friend!

  12. Ah, ah, ah! My cottage was also a very popular mouse and bat tourist destination until I redid the roof insulation last summer! As usual, you're onto a huge project! I wonder where mice go now...

  13. Don't you just love surprises ; ).

    Great to see you're back in the saddle and busy as ever! This is going to be well worth it!

  14. Don't you just love surprises ; ).

    Great to see you're back in the saddle and busy as ever! This is going to be well worth it!


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