Apartment 3 Demolition

 We started Sunday morning by heading upstairs.  Actually, we started by leaving the Little One with her grandparents Saturday night.  Then, we went to the Little Bread Company on Block Street.  They were out of cinnamon rolls the size of your head — or, rather, we would have had to wait thirty minutes for them, so we had a Bavarian cream and a raspberry cheesecake danish.  Yum.  Where was I? Oh, heading upstairs.

heading upstairs

We decided to tear out the back two bedrooms of Apartment 3.  We needed to fill the dumpster before it was removed (and returned) Monday, and lightweight ceiling tiles are just the thing.

Apt 3 Bedroom (south) The south bedroom before we started.  (The walls were covered with a textured, painted wallpaper which made it a little harder because the the paper held the tiles together so they didn’t come off in the 18″x3′ pieces I was used to.) 

Apt 3 Bedroom (southwest) Same room after I pulled the ceiling tiles off the walls.  The ceiling actually had cellulose insulation resting on the ceiling tiles, so I let Don pull them down.  Doesn’t he look angelic with the dust motes dancing in the air behind him?

Apt 3 Bedroom (south) looking up The ceiling after he pulled the ceiling tiles down.  Where did the insulation go?

Apt 3 Bedroom (south) looking down Oh.  Down on the floor.  He used a coal shovel and garbage cans to remove it to the dumpster.  Up and down and up and down the stairs.

Apt 3 Bedroom (south) cleaned up After walls, ceiling tiles, insulation, and a lot of the furring* strips were removed Sunday.

We did the same thing for the other bedroom.  Except for shoveling the insulation.  That had to wait for the return of the empty dumpster Monday afternoon.  And we finished in time to go to orientation at church in the afternoon.  I think we did a good job. 

*I’m always wanting to spell furring with an “i”.  I guess because the strips are made from wood, and fir is a kind of tree.  Nothing fuzzy or fur-like about the strips.  When I checked the spelling, I tried to figure out the etymology.  I gather it comes from fur, and the fur in question is from the Germanic words having to do with making a sheath.  Maybe.  (Per Merriam-Webster, Middle English furren, from Anglo-French furrer to stuff, fill, line, from fuerre sheath, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German fuotar sheath; akin to Greek pōma lid, cover, Sanskrit pāti he protects. Date: 14th century.)

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