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The End of Demo

Labor day certainly lived up to its name this year.  Luke and I arranged for a four day weekend to finish gutting the upstairs.  We spent the first two days working on the floors.  The subfloor is 5/8" ply overlaid with glued-down particle board.
The particle board does not work with hardwood floors or our radiant heat system so we pulled it all up in 2' sections.
This left a lot of glue on the floors so we'll have to rent a floor sander to clean it all up before installing the hardwood flooring.  But the floors were a cakewalk compared to our other project. Our attic was insulated with shredded wood that had a low r value and was not safe for contact with can lights.  After much debate we decided the best way to remove the insulation was to cut out the drywall down the middle of the house and rake it out through the hole.  This was the messiest project we've ever done.
Twelve hours and seventy trash bags later we removed the last of the sawdust.  I have to finish the electrical work (which is made much easier with the attic empty) then we can start putting this mess back together.


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