day four was our final day off from work. we were really hoping to get all the insulation out by this day but unfortunately we did not. i think had we not tried to use that damn machine we would've accomplished our goal. oh well, you live & learn, right?
cleaned out drop ceiling, end of day 4. this is interesting - under here is the pantry that is original to the house. ~
here is the load. disgusting. also - doesn't look like much, that's a whole days worth of work right there! of course, the insulation is compacted. i feel badly that we had to take this stuff to the dump because i do consider myself an environmentally conscious person. if you have a problem with this let me know, present your case and i'll gladly go ahead and defend our actions. otherwise, i'll just let it go. :)
so our next steps? finish taking out the old insulation, shop-vac and then contact the guys who foamed in the insulation last time. remember this?
during day one we removed all the batting, some of the larger pieces of paneling and wood that were just sitting around from previous demolition efforts and sucked up some of the wool & cellulose as was shown in the previous post. here are some pics of what the attic looked like after day one's work was completed.
attic from far end looking east, day one. you can see the closet framing & insulation batting are gone! really opens the space. ~
attic looking west, day one. batting removed from knee walls and ceiling. ~
every now and then for about a year and a half we've been demolishing the finished interior of our attic. it was finished by the son of the POs probably sometime in the 60s. there was gross mustard/tan colored carpet, wood paneling and a closet. there was also lots of insulation, which oridnarily is a good thing. chad began to deconstruct the attic when we updated the electrical work almost two years ago. ever since then the dust problem in our house went from somewhat annoying to down right disgusting - making me question the air quality in the house. so we decided to gut the "finished" part of the attic, take out all of the old insulation, have the foam insulation installed and eventually finish the attic off as a master suite. (after we figure out how to build permanent stairs to the attic, of course). the following posts chronicles our fun four days of removing the insulation in the attic.
we rented a trailer and a machine that blows in insulation. the thought was to try to reverse the machine so we could pump out the old insulation (wool & cellulose) into the trailer. ~
attic looking west, the beginning ~
first we removed all the batting insulation you see along the walls. it was also installed along the "ceiling". this actually took a lot longer than i had anticipated. this day was nice outside but fairly hot inside at one point reading 90 degrees. later in the day we began to remove the wool & cellulose insulation in between the ceiling (the house ceiling, the attic floor) joists. this proved to be a not fun job and using the system with the hose didn't turn out as we had anticipated. this is because we couldn't actually use the hose to suck up the insulation, we were hoping to figure out a way to do this but it just wasn't there. so we had to carry loads of the insulation down the pull-down attic stairs and then dump it into the machine that sucked it through the hose out into the trailer. this ended up taking way too long and was SUPER messy. plus things would get stuck in the hose occasionally. we lost an entire hour because a tiny old metal tobacco tin got stuck and cause a back-up.
below is a picture of chad dumping a load of insulation into the machine on day one. by day two we figured out that this system was a complete waste of time and nixed using the machine. instead we just carried our loads to the trailer and dumped. much easier, much faster, much smarter. ~
i am so excited because this year we've decided to participate in a community supported agriculture (CSA) right here in our neighborhood. last year i wrote my graduate thesis on how CSAs can contribute to revitalization in urban and rural areas. (uh, if you're interested in reading a 100+ page paper on this topic just let me know. i'm sure my in-box will fill right up.)
researching this paper i learned so much about the "evils" of our corporate food system, from seeds to distribution of the produce. even buying organics isn't the best way to go - buying as much local produce from near-by (hopefully independently owned) farms is a much better way to contribute positively to the environment and your local economy. the local economy is a vital but often overlooked element of the environmental argument.
omg. sorry about the tangent on my soapbox.
my point is this: YEAH!! we got our first pick-up today. albeit very small since it is so early in the season and it has been a bit cool lately. how fun is it to walk up to some one's house in your neighborhood and walk away with fresh produce from a near-by farm? i love it.
this time we got: potatoes, eggs, asparagus, mint, chives and popcorn. i hear by mid-summer i'll have so much food i won't know what to do with it. thank God that i know a lot of vegetarians to share the goods with later.
ps: please note the great basket. got it as a gift for Christmas and it is coming in handy now!
this is a barn that is available through an organization that i've mentioned before on this blog - Historic Landmarks. i really love this barn and would like to get it. ehhh...pretty sure it is not in the budget right now, though. enjoy the pics and dreaming about the possibilities!
check out this old door. how fab is it? ~
inside / open area ~loft space # 1 ~loft space #2 ~isn't it just great?
flats before planting ~
yard before planting ~ ~ yard after planting
May is Preservation Month! Today we attended a lecture sponsored by the Historic Landmarks Foundation. The lecture was led by the Executive Director of the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans. She talked about some of the historic neighborhoods in New Orleans, how her organization and the National Historic Trust have teamed to help reduce the number of demolished homes in the aftermath of Katrina. She also discussed the importance of historic preservation planning before a disaster occurs. An important part of her group's mission at this point is advocating and educating homeowners about the pros of rehabilitating their home instead of tearing down and building new. This is something that many people could use a lesson on in many cities around the country (in my humble opinion).
Open up this link for some great before and after pictures of cute shotgun homes in New Orleans. And be sure to check out your local preservation office for special lectures and/or classes to celebrate Preservation Month!
P.S. The lecture included a complimentary dinner from Yats. omg. If you ever visit Indy be sure to make it to this restaurant. It is quick, cheap, local and so freakin' tasty.