Sometimes you know you travel in a parallel universe.
As I toil alone on this renovation, I often think that I am the singular soul on this planet that must bear this remodeling burden. But no, as I read through some of my favorite blogs I see that others are (self) inflicted with the same challenges. And it brings comfort – not a lot but some….
If you have some time, please peruse this recent post by Victoria Elizabeth Barnes.
Now where were we?
Now we’ll take a detour of sorts. This is the Homage to Victoria.
Let’s demo a chimney
So here I’ve started the demo upstairs. Removal is pretty easy – one brick at a time. The square tile thing in the middle is the flue tile. These dogs are pretty heavy. This is a 28′ run of chimney, so I gotta get my ‘A’ game goin’ here.
Second floor chimney gone! You can see the 45 degree angle staircase in the background. We’ll fix that puppy – you’ll see. And just a glimpse of the 450 pound cast iron Bateau bathtub is sitting there waiting to be placed in the master bath.
I wish I had all those nifty buckets that Victoria had at her disposal. When she said it was an awesome experience – she was so right! If you have an unused chimney laying around – go take a whack at it – you too will be amazed.
Do you notice that little mini-sledge on the pile of old mortar? That’s all you need to bring one of these guys down. That and a lot of 5 gallon buckets.
The removal took about 22 hours over four days working alone. Not as bad as I though.
Man, I gotta start drinking non-caffeinated diet coke.
Next post will have the beginning of the staircase redesign.