Today is the day we’ve all been dreading. The ceilings have to come down. They are old drop ceiling tiles, popcorn ceilings. It’s a modge-podge of how ceilings have progressed through the decades. Water damage, cigarette smoke, missing tiles and more make it an eye-soar.
So, today my husband and dad are taking them down.
They are starting in the living room, which has severe water damage in one of the corners.
They start by putting on the hazmat suit. We have no idea what is up there. We know it is blown-in insulation.
Not even all the way in, they realize the heat and humidity will be working against them. The suit is designed to keep the yucky out, which means there’s not a lot of breathing in the fabric.
There is also the realization that there have been snake skins in the walls. No actual living snakes, but the skin sheddings have to be coming from something, so my husband duct tapes the pant legs around his work boots to keep anything from slithering in the suit with him.
All righty! Everyone is suited up and ready.
The initial plan was to cut an opening in the ceiling tile and funnel the fluff through boxes into garbage bags. It was brilliant!
Then they discovered Roxul insulation. It is dense and the water has made it heavy, and smelly.
My husband will have to climb up into the attic and drop the ceilings from there.
Down it all comes…fluff everywhere. Those dark spots are the wet, heavy Roxul.
Dad is tasked with clean-up.
On to the next room.
Then the next room.
The two focus on cleaning it all up.
They sweep and pile it into garbage bags and haul it out to the dumpster.
Until finally the ceiling fluff insulation and Roxul are in the dumpster rather than on the floor of the house.
In Eleven days, my husband and dad have done the demolition in the:
- front bedroom
- back bedroom
- Living Room, Hallway
- Kitchen Floors
- Hauled all worldly possessions to the conex box
- Laundry Room
- Great Room
- Removed the flooring in the Great Room
- Removed the ceilings from the living room
- Removed the ceiling from the back bedroom
- Removed the ceiling from the front bedroom
We still need to drop the ceilings in the kitchen, great room and laundry room
But Dad needs a break.
Be sure and check out the beginning, where you can see the house as it was bought.