<!– s9ymdb:12 –><img width=’220′ height=’165′ style=”border: 0px; padding-left: 5px; padding-right: 5px;” src=”https://www.jaworskihouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/deck_gone.serendipityThumb.jpg” alt=”” /><br />nWork started today!<br />n<br />nLast week, the General said he and his crew would show up at 8AM Monday morning. Well, this morning I was tidying up some posts on CL when I heard a vehicle pull up. I checked the time on the computer and it showed 8:00 exactly. Wow, right on time, doesn’t get any better than that!<br />n<br />nAfter about a 30 minute debriefing and some demolition planning, the crew began removing the back deck and the arbor over the deck. See the picture above to see how it looks now. Real empty feeling, huh?<br />n<br />nThey moved into the kitchen and began demolishing. And <em>demolish</em> is the right word. Sledgehammers were employed to help remove the kitchen counters and cabinets. Bye-bye, chili pepper drawer pulls! We found at least three old rat nests inside the walls of the kitchen. Yuck. We did have an idea they were there, but certainly they were long abandoned (after successful usage of D-Con).<br />n<br />nIn the kitchen, there was some old wallpaper that I had never seen before. And, there was also some old vinyl flooring, a sort of faux brick pattern, that I’d never seen before, exposed by the removal of the base cabinets. There is some history to this place.<br />n<br />nAfter the kitchen was completely gutted, they moved on to drywall removal. They got most of it down from the family room, which did expose a bunch of R-11 insulation. There were two different types of insulation in the walls, an Owens Corning product, and another which had a copyright date of 1970. I can’t believe the added on family room was from the 70s, but I guess it’s possible.<br />n<br />nThey wrapped up promptly at 4PM, cleaning up as best as practical, and they were gone.<br />n<br />nI’m afraid I wasn’t as impressed as to the progress as much as I expected. With four guys and the General, I think I expected a bit more, but perhaps that was too optimistic, it being the first day and all. Tomorrow we’ll probably see things really pick up.<br />