I have received my shipment confirmations from HSN so I should be holding the wonderful new goodies in my little chickadee wings within a few days... Woo hoo!!!!
We didn't get ALL the walls down last night, but they are about 2/3 complete. Wesley's soccer practice was replaced by a make up game that was rained out earlier this season, so the work was interrupted a bit, plus I had stopped the demo around 2 pm when I discovered that a previous owner HAD installed some insulation. I didn't want to remove the entire wall in case Michael wanted to keep it and only paint over it. This is the only wall that is not covered in that nasty textural material that always reaches out and grabs the skin from your hands as you approach it, so it could have been painted instead of removed if we had wanted.
I'm glad we are removing it as planned, because the installations they had done were very poor. Not only are all the trim pieces barely attached, easily popping off the walls & ceiling with very little effort, but the insulation panels are literally 'scabbed' in.... bits and pieces were used in several places, and even the adhesive they only used in SOME areas of the wall wasn't holding onto the insulation either. Even the framing (whose pattern doesn't make much sense either) is easily removed! Michael had anticipated that it would be a bear to remove the nail-gun-driven attachments but he has easily removed them with a crowbar! YEY for us, as this is making the demo go very quickly and SO VERY easy compared to what it SHOULD have been.
I do wish that they would have done a higher quality job in terms of the insulating that they had done though, as that would save us a fair chunk of money if we didn't have to replace it all. Also, the basement walls are not entirely insulated, only a portion of it, so we have to insulate the remainder as well. The floor is not insulated at ALL, so between those two situations, that's why I've been freezing down there for the past 8 years.... onward and upward we go. It can (hopefully) only get better from here lol.