We're not sure how Santa fit his fat little self down this chimney throughout the years but he was decidedly happy that we left it up until the 26th so he could make one final delivery: a rotor-hammer that came with a free 4.5 inch angle grinder. We didn’t need to use either of these fancy new tools to deconstruct the chimney however, because it was held together by habit, not by mortar. The first 5 feet came down in 15 minutes and the last 25 feet were out of the house, cleaned and stacked in a tidy row in under 3 hours. Thanks to our work crew, Jill, Heidi, Aaron and Scott, many hands made light work (it was still heavy work but it went super fast!). Now I have all the makings for a new brick patio but we’re a long way off from a project like that.
We wrapped up the day by tearing out the drywall from one room in the basement—mostly Justin did this since I was pooped (that’s why this post is a day late). We have one more room to go in our deconstruction in the basement plus a good clean-up of the whole house before our demolition is final finished. Well, maybe there are a few other odds and ends but for the most part, that’s it.