The workers were only here for one (less than full) day of work this week, so there wasn’t a whole lot of progress. When they were here, they removed the remainder of the flooring, and began demolishing the brick foundation wall around our cellar.
I watched them remove a beam from the top of the bricks. After that, I watched (and videoed) as one of the workers kicked the wall down. At the end of the day, I mentioned that I had seen him knock it down. He said that they hadn’t been planning to take it down that day, but that it was so unstable, they were afraid that it might just fall down from the wind.
Because the cellar under our remaining house is now completely exposed to the elements, and because the downstairs furnace is disconnected, our main level is really cold. As in, it was 41 degrees in our living room on Saturday morning. The timing is pretty bad, because it happens to be really cold outside right now. This wouldn’t be a problem if it was 70 degrees every day. From our cellar, you can look up at the underside of our floorboards. As a result, our floorboards in the living room and dining room are just a smidge warmer than the outside air that is underneath them.
Peter put in our storm windows last weekend to help with the cold. We also bought an extra space heater to use downstairs. Thankfully, we have heat upstairs so our house is not frigid everywhere. It was apparently too cold for our fish though. The heater in their tank was unable to keep up with such cold temperatures surrounding the tank. We found them both dead Saturday morning.
We have been using space heaters to keep warm downstairs, but we keep tripping a breaker when we forget to turn the space heater off before we use the microwave or toaster oven. A lot of our house is on only a couple of circuits, which get overloaded easily (like when you simultaneously try to make toast and warm a room up 20 degrees). Peter did some minor electrical work on Saturday to help with this. There was a circuit we had put in last year that was no longer being used. It was still connected to the breaker box, though (the breaker was off – no worries). Peter pulled that cable through the wall and back into the closet under the stairs where the breaker box is. Then he found an old outlet that had been in the kitchen that was still connected to a useable (not ancient) wire. He spliced them together, turned on the breaker, and, ta-da, power! We were a little nervous testing it, but it works, and now we have an outlet on its own breaker, so it won’t get overloaded. We are living the good life now!