Tim and I had an afternoon date away from kids this past Saturday. Everyone with kids knows that afternoon dates are the best, because not only do you get the afternoon free of kids, when you come home it is time for the kids to go to bed and then you still have the whole evening free too! If I have any parenting advice to share with the world it is this; always chose afternoon dates. Food is cheaper, movies are cheaper, the sun is still out and your kids go to bed shortly after you get home.
After our date on Saturday we were ready to take on more demo in Alice. In fact we spent most of our date time talking about Alice. We talked about how we will demo, we planned out more of the reno and we dreamed out the adventures we will have. I would say, “did you see Currently Wandering’s post about hiking or about the tandem bike?” and Tim would reply, “What about Mali Mish’s photos of the desert?!” Then I would tell Tim that I believed very strongly that he needs to learn how to fly a drone with a camera. He would laugh and I would respond, “no seriously, those shots are amazing!” We talked, planned and dreamed all through our hike with Lucy and dinner out. To say we went to bed with Airstream on the brain is an understatement.
Sunday morning we woke up ready to take on the mice poo and mold, bedroom curtains (my job) and demoing the back bedroom (his job). The work went relatively quickly. I experienced a handful of “deep breath, don’t think about it moments” while cleaning, but I am proud to report I didn’t throw up in my mask.
In the previous post I talked about why I chose the products I used. The situation wasn’t ideal for either cleaning instructions. Mice poop is suppose to be wet by bleach before it is removed but Concrobium’s website says the product works best if the surface is not bleached first. I don’t know if did it completely wrong but my theory was, follow mold cleaning directions. Spray down mold, let product dry. But then instead of cleaning up the mold I squirted it all down with bleach. It was a lot of chemicals all at once but I didn’t see another option. In the end it looks like we will have to replace all the subfloors anyway so mostly all my cleaning was to make the area safer to clean and demo.When my cleaning was done in the front of the Airstream I moved to the back and demoed the curtains. As much as we talked about keep the tracks in the the previous post, there was no way we would be able to keep these tracks. The curtains were not sliding well on them and because the jutted out so much we knew they would be in the way of the bunk bed and twin bed we plan on building. So instead of carefully removing the curtains like in the front of Alice I quickly removed the bottom track and pulled the curtains off the top.
I am also happy to report that Tim got both the night stand/drawers and both the beds out! We didn’t bother trying to salvage any of it. Al (the man we bought the Airstream from) insisted that the twin beds were still good but after being closed up for two years and infested with mice I wasn’t going to let my kids sleep on those mattresses. Everything was tossed into the Bagster.
As for demoing the beds it went a lot like demoing the couch up front. Tim removed as many loose things as he could, then started removing screws and taking out pieces as they became free.
There were more rivets in the back then in the front so it was a bit slower going because we do not have a rivet gun or rivet removal tool yet (Any brand favorites out there? What Riveter do you use?!)
Tim jimmied the vent hose away and kept on demoing.
The bed front was toenailed into the subfloor.
And at last, my favorite demo photos. The best demo photos are always of the old being hauled away.
All that is left is gross carpet and mouse poop. Oh and the other twin bed and the night stand.
The carpet came up and it wasn’t pretty.
When Tim removed the night stand/drawers I made my case for not keeping any existing cabinets and walls in the rest of the Airstream. This little table didn’t look that bad, just like our walls. There were times when we floated the idea of just painting all the existing walls and cabinets. Then this happened.
If the top comes off without a single screw being removed because all the moisture damage it is a good clue that it isn’t worth salvaging.
When the room was empty of furniture we were left with this.
and all I saw was this.
When we bought Alice the first thing we did after cleaning out some of Al’s garbage was throw a whole bunch of mice repellent Fresh Cab bags around the interior. My thought was, if there are any mice left, that will drive them out. We have had luck with Fresh Cab before in our garage. I trust it and believe in its powers. When the table was removed and I saw those little teal pellets I took a deep breath and tried my best to stay positive. Mouse repellent drive mice away. Mouse poison sends sick mice into dark places to die. Al filled the trailer with mice poison. The Airstream is one giant dark place to die. Namely the insulation between the exterior and interior walls. Yuck.
Yuck. Gross. AAAAHHHH! WHY?!!!
Focussing on the progress. Couch is out. Beds are out. Night stand is out. Mold is safe to handle. Mice poop is bleached. We are in control now. No more things go into the Airstream without our consent. No chemical cross the threshold without our go ahead. Alice is ours and we are making progress. Gross, nasty, yucky progress.