Demolition and clean-up have been progressing slowly in the basement. It's hard to believe that the more they tear and clean out, the more there seems left to be done. Today, I thought we'd take a look at the laundry area and some of the progress we've made.
To get to the laundry area from the bottom of the back stairs, you turn right and walk to the south wall, then turn left. The right hand side in the picture below is the south wall, looking east (left). The area was originally full of trash, difficult to walk through and very dark. To the back and left of the laundry area, the 2 furnaces and other utilities are crammed into a very dark, tight space.
Laundry area before.
If you look closely at the picture above, you'll see that the dryer door latches with a slide door lock, the type you usually see on the door of a bathroom stall. We don't know whether they are in working order but the chemical stains, rust and door lock make it very questionable. With a lot of care (there were chemicals everywhere), Ron & Tristan managed to remove all the trash from in front of the washer & dryer.
Next, they began working on the space where the washer & dryer sat. They were up on a wooden pallet and there was a partial wall behind them. They moved the washer & dryer into a cleaned area and began to remove the rotting pallet and more trash.
Last half of pallet, and trash, where washer & dryer stood.
Cleaned up laundry area
In the picture above, notice how great the clean-up is going. And notice the small opening between the utilities and the partial wall. At first we weren't even sure there was a space behind the wall. It looked like a tight squeeze to get through the opening in the wall due to the utilities on the left side of it. And, of course, the pallets and trash made it feel like an obstacle course. We finally had a cleared opening that we could get through and a little light so we could see what was behind the wall. Progress is being made!
And in our next blog, we'll see what lurks behind that wall. Spoiler Alert! (Thankfully, it was actually a good find for a change.)
Once again, stay tuned for more to come...
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