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Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Operation Enduring Mortgage

Last night we began gutting the church. I learned 3 important lessons while doing demolition work:

1.) Fiberglass insulation may look like cotton candy but it's not nearly as nice
2.) A well-stocked beer fridge attracts neighborhood helpers
3.) An old building never ceases to surprise you when its layers are peeled back

On that last point, we were downright flummoxed to discover a 4' x 5' single-paned window sandwiched between sheets of drywall in an interior wall. The glass and frame are in excellent condition, especially given that Andrew was pummeling the wall with a sledgehammer. We can't figure out what purpose the window served, but an even more intriguing mystery is why someone decided to frame around it when the wall was built.

Here's the wall before tear-out:

And here's what we found underneath:

Andrew is angry and confused:

Here's another wall of the same room before I attacked it with the fury of a thousand angry clowns:

And here's the carnage:

All I need to do is slap a Justin Bieber poster on the wall and we can call this room done.

How about we just "slap a Justin Bieber" ?
EyePulp   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
You nasty
SallyPants   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I am so excited to see your pictures of this project and am quite glad that you are making progress! That is crazy that he didn't bust all that glass - if it were my husband with a sledgehammer it would have shattered in a million pieces, sliced through atleast one of his fingers & probably a toe, and we would have ended up in the emergency room.
Good work!
Moore Crazies   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wow, this is fascinating, SP!! I wonder what else you'll find. I love seeing the pictures.
!   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Amazing! My parents' home was built in 1907. There is never a dull moment when trying to make a simple fix, a simple paint job, or a simple floor cleaning. Always something amazing to find!

Looks like a fun, exhausting project! I love these types of photos and blogs!
Richie & Ashley   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Amazing! They just don't build them like that anymore - framed glass window between drywall sheets on interior walls!!
stheinz   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
You just don't not never know!
I'm liking that big picture window, though.
pegi   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
MAY HAVE BEEN AN OBSERVATION ROOM INTO THE NURSEY? Our house will be 100 years old next year and the rolling floors are evidence but we love it.
dannie   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Hmmmmmm..... Demo is fun. It's the putting back together part that always gets to me. Good luck you guys! Keep that beer fridge stocked!
Spike   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
dannie you're so funny "rolling floors"!! If you put a tennis ball on the floor in my parents house you'd swear it was haunted b/c the ball rolls in a million different directions and only stops when it hits something. LOL
Richie & Ashley   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Sounds like a TV show--What We Find in This Old Church. :) Amazing stuff. I wish I knew more about taking care of an old house--I would have loved to have one with some ancient character but sadly I'm lacking in the restoration skills so I settled for one only 40 years old. :) Keep sharing this stuff!!
LGrant   Tuesday, August 31, 2010
That is really interesting! And what a way to get out aggression!!
girlcarew   Thursday, September 2, 2010
SallyPants   Thursday, September 2, 2010
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