I thought I could live with the living room after giving it a coat of paint. We could concentrate on other areas and tackle this room later . . . or so I thought.
I tried a bit of paint, but I could not ignore that ceiling and no amount of paint was going to fix that.
We (my son, Bob, who was going to do the work and I) decided the paneling and ceiling tile must go. I was hopeful that what was underneath the paneling could be salvaged, but it wasn’t.
Time to go down another layer. The plaster was removed, shoveled into 5 gallon buckets and dumped on a growing hill in the far corner of the yard. This will become Dave’s backstop for his shooting range. The lathe fueled several weekend fires. Once the plaster and lathe was removed and cleaned up, the focus turned to electrical work. The work on this room was put on hold for several months while we (or rather, Bob, our son) worked on putting in an all new electrical service. You can see the knob and tube electrical wiring that had to go. Luckily removing the plaster and lathe in this room made the electrical installation easier in this room and all the other rooms beyond the living room. It was at this point that I fell and broke my kneecap. It needed surgery and as of today, March 6, I am still on crutches and not able to help with clean up or any other work in the house. Definitely a setback, but every construction project has setbacks. This one hurt a lot! I don’t know why I took this photo, but I was bored and worried so taking the photo distracted me. Since I was laying on the floor, this was all I could see. It made sense at the time.