A couple of things I’ve learned this week:
The plasterboard they used in the 1930’s? Same stuff they armored Sherman tanks with in WW2. I witnessed a sawsall blade reduced to smooth metal in less than 5 minutes of wrestling with this stuff. It’s also very heavy.
Chisels and prybars are your friends.
75 year old framing lumber is also pretty tough.
Old wiring is…well…tricky.
Vintage cast iron claw foot bath tubs and radiators are f*%king heavy.
A Jeep Cherokee will transport a vintage cast iron claw foot bath tub, a radiator and 300 pounds of coarse sandblasting sand. Barely. Felt every pebble on and every crack in the road.
Sandblasting a vintage cast iron claw foot bath tub and an old radiator is not the walk in the park I thought it would be. However, I now know how to sandblast something.
Said sand gets everywhere.
I can prime cast iron tubs and radiators for painting.
I've been up in New Windsor at Avalon helping C&P work on their house this week.
The home in question is a rather large Federal style brick home built in 1812. The bathroom in question was shoehorned into a space between two rooms in the 1930’s. The task entailed removing a modern fiberglass bath and shower, removing a hallway closet and a closet for the library, reframing the bathroom window, rewiring the light switch, installing a wall sconce and a wall socket and refinishing a radiator and a vintage cast iron claw foot bath tub, which will be installed at a future date. The end result will change their bathroom from a claustorphobic water closet to a rather spacious and airy bathroom with lots of light.
It has been an interesting week, to say the least. I am very sore. Especially after last night, when I fell down a step, landed on my left knee and twisted the other knee. It might have had something to do with the ginger beer.
Oh, yes. I also brewed 4 gallons of ginger beer at the beginning of the week. The grown up kind of ginger beer. Very good, and perhaps a little potent.
Well, I'll get back to my latest task. We took the front doors off the house. One half is laid up on saw horses and I'm stripping the old paint off with a heat gun and a putty knife.