Category Archives: Demolition

Cut Nail Contemplations

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I’ve been pulling out hundreds of cut nails (aka square-cut) like this from trim work in the house, and I think they’re worth keeping cause they’re so darn cool.  When I come across them I know that they’re original to the house, otherwise they’d be wire nails, and that whatever I’m pulling out is also original to the house.  I also know that when I come across these bad boys I am the first person to be touching them for 110 years.  That’s pretty badass if you ask me ;)   Read More

Second bedroom is stripped

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The second bedroom is currently the most frightening in the house, but  it also has tons of potential.  In the attic you can see that underneath the wall and ceiling coverings in the second bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room there is actually  v-groove old-growth fir paneling throughout.  All three rooms are solid wood!  Because the second bedroom is also going to be my temporary workshop,  I was keen to get to work on it.  I started by removing multiple layers of wallpaper and some sort of cardboard backing on the walls in solid sheets using my pry bar.  Next was removal of the crown moulding, and then removal of the ceiling coverings.  The ceiling had wallpaper, but I wasn’t sure what was between that and the v-groove.  It turned out to be a layer of 1/2″ vintage gyprock that had been nailed in.  It was a messy job to remove it, but definitely worth it. Read More