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Remodeling safety: 1st mishap

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Taking down the walls was pretty easy, but taking the scrap to the dump turned into quite an endeavor! Rather than navigating the 180 degree turn in my stairway, I had the brilliant idea to pass the studs thru the basement window.

basement wall repair, glass block walls,replacement windows
Here's what happens when you pull too hard
on a window that won't open!

Unfortunately, I had caulked the window shut (who ever opens a basement window anyway) a couple of years ago when bugs kept coming in thru it. So, I needed to cut the caulk and pry the window open. I pulled, and pulled, and CRASH! I ended up breaking both panes of glass in the window! (It WAS easier to get the boards out without a window in the way!)

I'll leave it boarded up (so I can pass the new 2x4s thru), but now it looks like I may end up getting 3 glass block windows installed instead of two. Great idea, poor execution. Oh well, on to the next step

Progress Topics

Getting started

Down come the walls

1st mishap

Basement wall cracks

Lumber and tools

Starting construction - Hammer time!

Moving ductwork

Finishing the 1st wall

Around the corner

Five short walls

The big wall

Repairing cracks again!

Framing around windows

Framing the office

Finishing the office

Design decision

Framing support poles

Framing the last wall

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Phase 2: Electrical and Drywall

Phase 3: Priming, painting and finshing touches



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