Once again Kathy and I were getting ready to paint some walls and we just could not do it. We had to gut the walls. This is the mudroom with the new storm door installed. Carlton and Chris did a great job with it. The only problem is that the surrounding walls and ceiling were really too horrible to keep even temporarily.
|The tiny mudroom was lined with thin paneling overlying who knows what. Yes, you can see me in the reflection of the door with my iPhone as the camera.|
|This is the outer wall of the mudroom after pulling off the panels. No asbestos here, but what is the hazard down in the corner?|
|A giant hornet's nest in the wall.|
After I got all the wood panels off, I pulled nails. I did not remove the asbestos siding. I've read that it is best to leave it alone and just cover it up. Then I wet the debris on the floor so whatever asbestos fibers that were released would not become airborne. I didn't use a vacuum to get them up for the same reason. I swept the wet debris into a garbage bag and tied it up.
After all the nails were gone, I painted the asbestos siding with primer with disposable foam brushes to encapsulate whatever surface asbestos fibers were there. That way when Carlton and Chris put up some drywall or whatever in the room, their exposure will be limited.
|You can see the asbestos siding below the beadboard ceiling I uncovered. The ceiling was one of the cool things we've found. |
|Looks like some kind of old toile wallpaper. I think it would have been pretty cool in its time.|
Now I am determined NOT to gut the kitchen even though it has no insulation and desparately needs gutting. I think I will be able to reign in my impulses for a number of reasons:
1. I am running out of money
2. My brother is a cabinet-maker and he is nowhere near ready to make the cabinets.
3. We need to get Adam and Kathy into their own home.
4. No money plays a big part.
Still working on the floors. I'll do a separate post about the challenges of refinishing the floors.
I'll leave you with a picture of the little house. I think it is going to look incredible when we finish.
|I'm smiling behind the mask.|