March 31st, 2008

We’ve demolished a lot of stuff. Sticky, Nasty, Gross stuff.

(water damage under the fridge) (bees and sunflower contact paper, as well as some surprising patterns underneath)

The floors in the kitchen and both bathrooms have been removed, as well as the layers and layers and layers of contact paper in the cabinets. There were about 4 layers of vinyl tiles and laminate that took 3 days to rip up and still we could not get the original layer of 1950’s speckled linoleum up.

(the original linoleum – it had begun to disintegrate and turn to crumbly powder)

There is a lot of debris from everything we destroyed as well as 2 contractor bags full of sawdust from refinishing the floors.

(construction debris – we do not keep a clean job site -shame, shame, shame)

(the Youngstown steel kitchen cabinets, rusted and dented)

The cabinets are in decent shape, they are a little rusty and dented – some paint and Bondo will fix that!

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  1. 50s Pam on 04/01/2008:

    Ooooooh. That original speckled linoleum (probably ‘inlaid linoleum) looks like it was once nice. Alas, the ravages of time. And of course, I love the Youngstown’s!

  2. jeannette on 07/15/2010:

    just started reading at the beginning. this is awesome, love me some archaeological demo pix. yum!

  3. Dennis on 09/24/2010:

    Hi – love your place – we’ve tried our best to make an eichler out of a block box in the desert.

    curious about your kitchen floor materials? looks like VCT? did you get it at home depot? or a flooring place? how difficult was it to install? and do you have to strip / wax it every year (we have some now but it’s light colored and the waxing is such a pain in the ass).

  4. Najat on 12/13/2015:

    Bman, in addition to ulhitlrgats and light sport aircraft, sailplanes are a nice way to go in some areas. Down here in AZ, you can join a club with reasonable annual dues and sign out an aircraft to fly pretty much whenever you want. Sailplanes have a faster learning curve than powered aircraft, and experience flying sailplanes translates well into powered aircraft. You can also fly those things all day here in AZ not a drop of fuel required after release from tow.For me, flying has always been more about being in the air and less about going from point to point. In my Air Force days, I soloed in a sailplane. I was about to solo in a plane before I stopped the powered lessons (medical red tape at the time). I switched to hang gliding (referred to as free flight or foot-launched flight) for quite a few years, and that was really more my style. I liked carrying my aircraft on my back (~60 lbs) and storing it on a ladder rack in my garage. I liked understanding every single bolt on my aircraft, and I liked being able to do a truly complete pre-flight check. I liked being able to buy a brand new aircraft for less than the cost of a used car. I especially liked the feeling of complete and utter freedom while in the air. I was not in the aircraft, I WAS the aircraft. No claustrophobic cockpit. What a feeling to thermal up over 13000 feet and fly over the back of a majestic mountain range.I gave up the hang gliding when I nearly killed myself on a steep mountain launch. For those of you that don’t believe in God a near death experience followed by a miraculous save all the while KNOWING that God was in the glider with me that day would have cured me from a lifetime of atheism. I would like to emphasize that the incident was completely due to pilot stupidity, and I believe hang gliding is inherently safe as long as you are properly instructed, current, and flying within your capabilities.I still think about free flight often and long to be back in the air. I have a little powered harness that converts a hang glider into a foot-launched ultralight, and I might one day take to the skies again.

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