When you sleep in old house like I do, remodeling is usually a challenge and a surprise. i’m currently involved during a major kitchen remodel. Our kitchen like many kitchens, has seen better days. it had been installed within the house was built back in 1945 and i am sure it’s has served its previous owners well.
However, modern kitchens are large and open. This kitchen, like most kitchens of its era, alittle enclosed off. We decided to open the kitchen out by removing a part of the wall, removing old tile from the walls, and updating the whole kitchen with new cabinets and appliances.
Our first surprise came once we moved the refrigerator from its current location. The refrigerator sat abreast of a platform about 1 inch off the kitchen floor. We never gave it much thought and assumed that it had always been like that. once I move the refrigerator and lifted up the old flooring, I discovered why. Plumbing from the sink didn’t undergo the ground to hitch a drain pipe within the basement. It did, however, meet the ground and under the refrigerator. This required some major engineering to maneuver the drain line for the new sink and dishwasher.
The ceramic tile aroused not being ceramic tile at all! it had been tin tile that was glued to a masonite backing board. So while the tiles decreased very easily using just a screwdriver, getting they masonite backing board off the plaster was a nightmare. Not only were the plaster walls filled with holes from the nails, big globs of glue was smeared everywhere the walls. initially i attempted sanding.
All that did was create a cloud of dust. I talked to variety of contractors who only shook their heads and offered me luck in removing the glue from the walls. Someone suggested i exploit glue remover but I didn’t want the fumes within the house. somebody else suggested a robust scraper but I wasn’t strong enough to get rid of this glue.
Finally, someone suggested a heat gun. i used to be skeptical. How would a touch heat gun remove 60 years of hard and glue? Much to my surprise, it worked! Now it didn’t work easily. it had been still tons of hard work, but by working slowly, and steadily, i used to be ready to remove all remnants of glue in about four days.