Removing the Old Pipes

Hey guys! Long time no see… We’ve been super busy at the house and quite frankly forgotten to update this space. But oh boy! There are some updates to see.

For one, we’ve removed most if not all of the old pipes in the house. If you are here looking for advice on how to fix your house I highly recommend that you hire a licensed plumber to help with this process. The Mr. has a good friend that’s helping us not only make sure we’re following proper codes on where the pipes are installed and that everything drains well, but also has the right tools.

There is one in particular that was very handy in breaking the giant iron pipe for the bathroom. I can’t remember the name of it but if you look in the photos it’s a chain with a lock that cranks down to crack the pipe so you can then bust it with a heavy hammer. More modern houses may have PVC piping which eliminates the need for this tool. Below is a photo of the exposed plumbing that we had to dig out, cut out and/or prep to be reconnected to the new pipes.

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While these guys were doing that important stuff I was in the kitchen smashing the counter to pieces and getting scared by the creepy crawlings in the wall. It may or may not have involved me screaming exceedingly louder each time. Haha. The guys probably thought I was just going a little crazy.

The carnage in the yard. And folks, please listen when I say don’t do this by yourself or without a professional. These are heavy and are not to be underestimated.

My mess.

The tankless toilet pre-install.

This was a very, very big day as far as progress is concerned. We cleaned out the old and got another day to add things, instead of just demo.

I’ll be back with another post because there was something else in the kitchen and a lesson to be learned there. ๐Ÿ˜‰



Demo Day: Bathroom

Well friends, it finally happened. After having made a number of holes in the walls and removing the tile, the entire bathroom was demolished. Well for this post it was completely gutted and most of the boards removed. But it’s current state (not pictured) is that the bathroom is GONE.

So back to the status of the bathroom according to the photos… On this day we moved the tub out, removed the sink, and carried out the toilet. Many of the walls were already gone but we tried to take a few more outย with our last bits of the days energy.

Bathroom_BeforeRemovalHere’s the Before picture. Where we still had the plastic sheets up to try and keep it semi private if needed.






The tub was removed via the hole into the front bedroom that just so happened to fit it’s width perfectly. From the looks of the wood that had been placed underneath it was a semi new addition so that’s probably why the hole was there in the first place.RemovingTub LonelyToiletRemovedSink_CounterHere’s the sink in the Master Bedroom just hanging out for now. It will be stashed in the garage once we’ve cleaned that place out to fit more trash.ย Bathtub_inthebedroom

And the tub is now in the front bedroom and has become a place to store chopped wood. Again, a temporary solution until we do more cleanup in the garage. Luckily we’ve figured out a few solutions for getting more trash moved out other than the once a week pickup of our normal trash service. More on that later.



Here’s the pipe that remains in the wall until we have time to cut it out. LonelyToilet

All that was left was the lonely toilet. We weren’t able to remove it on this visit because we still needed to turn the water off to the toilet. Sooo it was technically still a useable bathroom. It just required asking everyone to stop their work and go outside. ๐Ÿ™‚





Demo Day: Removing the Master Closet


Do you remember that closet in the Master bedroom that we also lovingly referred to as the only attic access? Well on this demo visit we knocked her out! She is gone as well as the nasty drop ceiling near the back door that was simply silly.

The other project we undertook for this visit was switching the blinds. They were originally installed above the windows on the framing. Since we need to move forward with removing drywall and ship-lap we needed to remove the window frames. But doing that would mean losing the privacy/safety of blinds when we’re not at the house. So to fix that problem we re-installed the windows to fit within the actual window framing. That required trimming them down a bit. But they work!

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Demo Day 4: Removing the Art Wall

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Do remember this post where we removed the art on the wall? Well this demo day goes along with that one. Now you can see how delayed I’ve been in getting demo/progress posted. But this long weekend is definitely helping with productivity. We’re catching up to real time progress!

On this day it was a lot of re-evaluating our progress. We had removed a fair amount of drywall and ship-lap and were now needing to catch up on a few other walls we’d skipped. So it was back to removing drywall and getting that dusty mess cleaned up for…more ship-lap removal. More of the same.

Psst. There’s also a sneak peek in the photo gallery above of a change in the garage we are STOKED about.


Demo Day 3

Knob and tube wiring

Or at least the 3rd photo grouping on my camera. This day we arrived focused and just jumped into working. So I didn’t capture many in process photos. Also we’re still deep in work to remove ship-lap from all the walls. Below are a few photos of the after. We found a few more areas hiding the old knob and tube wiring, which relies on an air gap (provided by the knobs and tubes) to function safely. Check out the photos and it will make more sense. Folks were certainly trusting of their houses and that no creatures would get in and chew it or build nests to cause a fire.

After reading through this post you might be feeling like little has changed. Read back to this, and this post.

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The Night Demo


The demo days are starting to run together. Each time we make significant progress but it’s technically still the same work so they are hard to distinguish as different events in my head. Anyway. This demo day wasn’t a big group demo day but a night visit to the house to make progress. There was some traveling on the calendar and we wanted to make sure we worked a bit before we left.

This night we removed a few more boards from the master bedroom wall adjoining the bathroom. It was dark and maybe a little tough to work in minimal light but do-able. Fun story though. We found a friend in the wall. Well, what’s left of him. We found a full skeleton nestled into it’s home in the wall. For the rest of the night I had to make sure I didn’t overthink how big it could have been when it was alive or question the possibility of others. EEK!

We also found a few random pipes in the wall that as far as we can tell don’t attach to anything. Or they were an excessive amount of pipe added to allow air to escape while the water drains. Either way, a curious discovery.

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House Demo Day 2

We absolutely love getting help from friends. Using the excitement and momentum from the start of this big project we had a second demo day the next weekend. A lot more boards came down and were hauled off to the garage. Whoever originally built the house used so many nails in the boards that the garage is looking like a scene from Final Destination ( or so I would guess because I haven’t watched those movies). We’ve begun remedying that situation but more on that later.


The house demolition for this day also included busting the tile in the bathroom. Jeremy and Kristen were our fearless tile crushers. There is now a gaping hole revealing the shower pipe and the master bathroom. We didn’t think ahead about the fact we now have a less than private bathroom for people to use while they’re working. Oops.

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Another visible milestone was having half the kitchen counter removed! And so many cockroaches came out! ick ick ick. (The house will be RAIDed ASAP.) You may have noticed that it cut the room in half and created an odd path through the house. No more! But we do have to be aware of the hole just behind the backdoor where we can see down into the crawlspace. That’s also new.

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And this demo day had a special guest! Waffles the corgi came by to keep us smiling in the cold and offer lots of playtime (read wanted distraction). He was just too cute not to play with especially when he kept running off with bits of wallpaper. The house wasn’t going anywhere so of course we played. (Thank you Scott & Liz!)

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We seriously have the greatest friends for coming to help with this epic project. Hopefully the endless supply of pizza and our endless thanks is enough to keep them happy. And definitely future hangouts when the house is all finished. Looking forward to that for sure.


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It might help seeing how things have progressed by going back and seeing the Before Photos, and House Demo Day 1.


House Demo Day 1



The first demo day was a fantastic success! We had 7 friends stop by throughout the day to help with gutting the house for a few hours each. It may not seem like much but that meant we accomplished 3.5 times more than if it had been just the two of us. Our friends are the best!

Fueled by Einstein Bros Bagels in the morning and Dominoes Pizza and Lonestar in the afternoon we tore out drywall and mostly eliminated one whole wall between the living and dining rooms.

Because this is an old home, as in built in the 1920s, we discovered a quirk with the walls. Under the drywall was shiplap wood adding a bit more work to the demo process. Other than having way too many nails in them it will be fanstatic wood for future projects like garden beds or a dog house. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then we discovered that there is no insulation in the house. Some of the wood has termite damage, but no termites thankfully, and the electrical had been updated but rather poorly so the breaker box is a sketchy game of guess which light/outlit is connected.

Then there was the charm of finding some old education books from the 1950s.


All in all, a satisfying day of progress. Check out more photos from the first day of demolition below.

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