My First Go at Demolition.

February 16, 2012

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We had some technical difficulties yesterday.  I thought I lost my MacBook.  I knew where it was–but I thought it had gone kaput.  Luckily, its sudden turning off and not turning back on was just a charging issue.  So, for now if I keep a weight on the cord, it stays on.  Hahaha.  I’ll take it!  All this to say, I missed blogging yesterday.  I missed letting you all know about the progress we are making in the family room.  So, to catch you up:

We tore down the half wall.  This was my very first time demo-ing a wall and it was harder than I thought!  We went from pulling and prying to sawing and kicking.  And lucky for you, we documented the whole thing and then sped it up 650% and added some snazzy music:

That is how we spent our Valentine’s day.  Which wasn’t a bad thing, really. Chris is really fun to work with and if you didn’t notice–I stood back and watched a lot.  Hehehe.  So after all the demolition, it looked like this:

A reader warned us that the half wall was there for a reason, so last week we drilled a hole and found she was right.  The demolition process revealed about a foot of cement foundation jolting out farther than the wall.  Thanks to that reader (Hey Michelle!) and us confirming it in a pre-drilling session last week, we were prepared for this hurdle and actually have plans to incorporate it naturally into the look of the new room.  More on that tomorrow!  Gotta love a little suspense.

Last night, we tackled the electrical work.  Which included more of me scratching my head, confused, and just following directions.  Since this was going to be where our TV is now going to be, we wanted to rewire all the cable and plugs so that in the end, there wouldn’t be any visible cords.

Unfortunately, I can’t give you a rundown of exactly what was done because when it comes to electrical work, Chris is my hero.  But, if you have any specific questions, feel free to ask in the comment section and I’ll make sure Chris answers those.  Basically we first mapped out the whole wall to find where the tv would be in the end.

Then, fast forward a couple hours and he had this nifty box installed that will plug in all of the electronics hidden behind the television.  The middle slot is for other wires to access the plugs from underneath (where an additional slot will be installed behind the dvd player and apple tv.

Really, I am just real impressed.

Tonight we are doing a whole lot of framing, and tomorrow we’ll let you in on the real plans for this wall.  It’s gonna be major. ;)

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  1. michelle says:

    glad you were prepared for the cement!
    and, chris, that’s how demo ALWAYS goes!!

  2. Chris says:

    Haha, just so everyone is aware, I wasn’t planning on really tearing into things when we started recording. I just started hitting things to see how hard it would be and kept going for a bit. I had always planned on putting my work clothes and some shoes on. :)

  3. Patty.Published says:

    Some many funny things in the video. The teeny tiny hole that you started with. You not wearnig gloves. Chris not wearing shoes. Chris changing hats. Kicking the wall. Both of you just looking at it with your hands on your hips. It’s so REAL! Loved it.
    And that electrical box. WOW!
    Aren’t husbands impressive? When Ken does something like that I always ask, “How did you know how to do that?”

  4. Erica says:

    Wow! That is just awesome! You do this so well, both of you. I’ll be watching every day. :)

  5. Preston was our wedding singer and we love spreading his talent. He is amazing!

  6. Michelle Hein says:

    Loving that song! I was so happy to find a free download when I googled it!

  7. meaganbriggs3 says:

    Hilarious video!!!! I cant believe how long you went without gloves, you crazy girl! What a fun new project and demo. Trying to take off drywall is hardwork!!! But kicking it looked rewarding! Oh and Chris, crack kills :-)

  8. Now THAT is teamwork! I was just going to ask what song it is!

  9. Tsk. Tsk. We are not models for this sort of thing. We should of had safety goggles on and gloves from the start! Someone is watching out for us….especially Chris.

  10. Jrupinsky says:

    1:23 into the video, he finally has shoes on….that is the first thing I noticed is that he didn’t have show on.

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