Thursday, March 10, 2016

Treasures of the Crawl Space....

 

Well I tore down the pony wall that divided the unknown corner of the basement, I was hoping or a secret room or a safe and that would have been sweet! But instead I just uncovered an undug out part of the basement...with more trash that needs hauling out...whoo!...but I did discover a Dutch Boy White Lead 100lb keg paint can with misc hardware that seemed to have broken very early on. A little more surface digging lead to misc fines and a lot of Sir Walter Raleigh Tobacco pocket tins. Pretty neat finds! I want to dig out the basement space, and see what else that is hidden deeper in the dirt..


This is the secret crawl space of the church basement. Don't ask me how, this stuff managed to grow under there with no light.



We finally got all these trees cut down! This was some of the hardest wood I have ever cut threw! Granted we did do it all by hand, but it was like sawing threw glue...Now the stumps are at a manageable height, were I can just cut off the suckers until I get a gas powered chain saw. These are clones of the "tree of hell" aka tree of heaven Ailanthus altissima. I almost got them all cut down on the property except the mother and one more hidden in a group of trees. 


Here s the church breezeway, this is after we removed all the burnt orange 70's carpet, some birch paneling and the fiber board paneling used on the stair well. After removing this, and seeing the hacked opening for the stairs. I can tell there was never a full basement on the church originally. I am not sure how to use the basement in the future, I want to add a three piece bathroom in the closet on behind the fridge in out make shift kitchen in the future...This would emanate the need for the bathrooms down in the basement...


Speaking of the basement, here it is! We are currently try to de 70's it, because of the leaking roof, everything down here is moldy, soaking wet and just bad! That and all the wrong materials were used down here. The only things salvageable will be the toilets and bathroom sinks.


Today, we held a book burning of sorts...In the basement, there was a table of kids books, and all were wet/moldy and we opted to burn them....but it took so long, that our in the trash can idea....soon failed and it grew....I then opted to clean up some of the piles, and started tossing on branches, paneling, wood and what ever else I could grab...It worked great! So well...That we are planning another, after the next rain...We just have so much wood, junk and tree branches...That this is the easiest way to be rid of it...

I also finally removed all the old fuse boxes in the church, it appears when the breaker box was installed, they opted to not remove the old fuse sub panels. It was getting annoying to unscrew the light bulbs, every time we went down stairs, as the switch would also kill the porch light and I had odd wires going to who knows where...Now I know where, each wire goes, and what they control.....