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Demo continues

The HVAC chase across the family room is gone, as is the ducting. The thick grey and black cables power the HVAC system at right side of photo. Ranserve is using the system to cool the demo crew and push insulation dust out of the house.
The HVAC chase across the family room is gone, as is the ducting. The thick grey and black cables power the HVAC system at right side of photo. Ranserve is using the system to cool the demo crew and push insulation dust out of the house. The HVAC systems — upstairs and down — will be decommissioned next week and removed for donation to Habitat.
Upstairs in bedroom 4, looking toward what will be the master bedroom. Most of the insulation original to the house is removed. The demo crew continues.
Upstairs in bedroom 4, looking toward what will be the master bedroom. Most of the insulation original to the house is removed. The demo crew continues.
What's left of the framing around the skylight that we think was added in the 1970s. The skylight will be removed and donated to Habitat.
What’s left of the framing around the skylight that we think was added in the 1970s. The skylight will be removed and donated to Habitat.
Ron and the demo crew ran out of storage room in the garage for the items staged for donation to Habitat. That's the master shower door resting against sheets of OSB, with the OSB protecting two mirrors -- one from the master, one from bath 3. To the right, the quartz countertops from the master bath.
Ron and the demo crew are stacking at the back of the garage after running out of storage room for the items staged for donation to Habitat. That’s the master shower door resting against sheets of OSB, with the OSB protecting two mirrors — one from the master, one from bath 3. To the right, the quartz countertops from the master bath.
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Upstairs demo started

Taking apart the second floor gives a new sense of the enormity of this project.

Here’s a first look at the bones of the house, upstairs, and how hard the Ranserve demo crew is working — gotta get pix of the plastic protective bunny suits the guys are wearing.

Looking up the stairs. Drywall torn off walls and ceiling. Piles of 60-year-old insulation drifting everywhere. Dust everywhere.
Looking up the stairs. Drywall torn off walls and ceiling. Piles of 60-year-old insulation drifting everywhere. Dust everywhere.
Bedroom 3 is no longer painted pink. Good riddance.
Bedroom 3 is no longer painted pink. Good riddance.
Standing in what will be the upstairs loft, looking back at bedroom 3 and the stairwell.
Standing in what will be the upstairs loft, looking back at bedroom 3 and the stairwell.
Piles of insulation, wire everywhere, ceiling cans coming down -- demo makes a mess.
Piles of insulation, wire everywhere, ceiling cans coming down — demo makes a mess.
What will become the master closet and bath. See the cleaner/brighter wood between the two windows? That is a relatively new wall put up by a former owner to create a closet. Plans call for the master bath to go into that space.
What will become the master closet and bath. See the cleaner/brighter wood between the two windows? That is a relatively new wall put up by a former owner to create a closet. Plans call for the master bath to go into that space.
Standing in what will become the master bedroom, looking back through what will become the master closet to what will become the master bath. The demo crew is not done with the ceiling and insulation. The window at right has been removed, replaced by a chute to slide demo materials down to the first floor.
Standing in what will become the master bedroom, looking back through what will become the master closet to what will become the master bath. The demo crew is not done with the ceiling and insulation. The window at right has been removed, replaced by a chute to slide demo materials down to the first floor.
Pivoting left from the prior photo to look through what was the master bath built by a prior owner as a remodel project.
Pivoting left from the prior photo to look through what was the master bath built by a prior owner as a remodel project.
Pivoting still further left -- one of three dual-pane front windows that will be donated to Habitat at the left of photo, continuing to look into what was the master bath remodel project by a prior owner. Past the newer/brighter lumber is the cement underlayment for what was the whirlpool tub and shower.
Pivoting still further left — one of three dual-pane front windows that will be donated to Habitat at the left of photo, continuing to look into what was the master bath remodel project by a prior owner. Past the newer/brighter lumber is the cement underlayment for what was the whirlpool tub and shower.
From the outside, looking up at the trash chute from the master bedroom.
From the outside, looking up at the trash chute from the master bedroom.
This is what was the cast-iron bathtub in the kiddie bath upstairs. The only way to get it out is to cut it, smash it. This will be recycled under the Austin Green Building Program guidelines.
This is what was the cast-iron bathtub in the kiddie bath upstairs. The only way to get it out is to cut it, smash it. This will be recycled under the Austin Green Building Program guidelines.
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How to not cut structure when remodeling a bath, continued …

DSC_9958With insulation removed it’s now possible to see just how badly the structure was cut when the upstairs bathrooms were remodeled sometime during the life of this house.

At left, the blocking was turned sideways and cut to shreds. At right, the blocking was cut by half. In the middle, the blocking is, well, holed beyond integrity. And the ceiling beams are compromised.

Building code today prohibits this.

Steven is thinking that taking the house down to stud is a smart decision.

 

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Staging for Habitat, part 2

With demo underway upstairs, Ranserve is staging more items in the garage for donation to Habitat.

The whirlpool tub from the master bath.
The whirlpool tub from the master bath.
Shelving from the closets in bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 and master closet, doors, cabinets from the master bath ...
Shelving from the closets in bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 and master closet, doors, cabinets from the master bath …
Finished cabinetry from what was the master bath, sinks ... and an idea of how jammed with items the garage is. It's time to inventory it all and ping Habitat for pickup.
Finished cabinetry from what was the master bath, sinks, the brass-and-glass shower door from the master bath at right side of photo … and an idea of how jammed with items the garage is. It’s time to inventory it all and ping Habitat for pickup.
The vanity from the kiddie bath upstairs, drawers and the vanity from the master bath ... somewhere in this pile are the quartz countertops from the master bath ...
The vanity from the kiddie bath upstairs, drawers and the vanity from the master bath … somewhere in this pile are the quartz countertops from the master bath …
Shelves from the master bath, window shutters from  upstairs ...
Shelves from the master bath, window shutters from upstairs …
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Another discovery: Attic fans

Until demo reached the second floor it was extremely difficult to squeeze through the scuttle hole into the attic to go spelunking for treasure, structural surprises, etc.

Taking down the ceiling drywall and insulation reveals two attic fans — didn’t know these were there. Steven will ask Ranserve to remove them for donation to Habitat.

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Termites 3

Shouldn't there be a 2x4 sitting under the vertical studs to serve as a horizontal plate? Steven has to ask. The stud on the right is penetrating the cardboard that is supposed to protect the wood floor.
Shouldn’t there be a 2×4 sitting under the vertical studs to serve as a horizontal plate? Steven has to ask. The stud on the right is penetrating the cardboard that is supposed to protect the wood floor.

Termites have taken out structure at the back door and windows. Just in case, Ron and the demo crew braced the second floor.

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First floor demo as of 17 June 2015

The bulk of demo on the first floor is done, paused for inspection later this week by the structural engineer.

Here’s what it looks like.

Standing in what will be Steven's office, looking at what will be the library/dining room to the left, kitchen to the right, and family room beyond.
Standing in what will be Steven’s office, looking at what will be the library/dining room to the left, kitchen to the right, and family room beyond. Steven’s backpack on the floor. Insulation removed from ceiling, HVAC ducts still in place.
A preview of the demo that is now underway upstairs -- insulation falling to the floor at the stairs and front entry.
A preview of the demo that is now underway upstairs — insulation falling to the floor at the stairs and front entry.
The cast-iron bathtub in what will become bath 2. Ron and Steven discussed the possibility of trying to remove this intact. It's not possible. It has to be cut and smashed out.
The cast-iron bathtub in what will become bath 2. Ron and Steven discussed the possibility of trying to remove this intact. It’s not possible. It has to be cut and smashed out.
Standing in what will be bedroom 2 looking back at the insulation from the second floor falling down the stairs as demo continues.
Standing in what will be bedroom 2 looking back at the insulation from the second floor falling down the stairs as demo continues.
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