restoration saga: seeing double

Former home owner mystery number three hundred twenty four: everything comes in twos. Like Noah. Only instead of armadillos and tigers, carpets and drop ceilings. The house also sported mismatched pairs: tile over hardwood, drywall over plaster, paneling over plaster, drop ceiling under drop ceiling under drywall under plaster. Our kitchen featured a double drop ceiling. Also flourescent lights. And […]

restoration saga: how does an engineer destroy a floor?

Answer: In the most complicated way possible. Mission: To remove the particle board floor from the poor, tortured 1938 hardwood. Solution 1 (beat wildly at it with a hammer) didn’t work. Enter engineer. Solution 2: 1. Try hammer. No workee?   2. No problem. Collect at least four shovels. Wedge them under crappy floor. 3. Beat […]