Pics start in post 4!
Our batteries in our camera died, and every time we wwent to the store, we kept forgetting to get some. I just will not have any pics" of the real nasty stuff on the walls/floors under the oil tank and behind/under the stuff next to the oil tank, nor any early ""in progress pics". But there will be some nice Before, In progress, Almost Done, and Done pics!
Our basement is a cinder block basement and is comprised of two spaces; the large portion is living space/family use and is really nice-- not finished, but painted, light, great play area, and also serves as our guest suite (New sleeper sofa, dresser, TV, new armchair).
"My" portion of the basement is partitioned off from the rest of the basement, and lies under what was originally the garage. It must serve as storage and my brewery.
It is about 18 feet long and 9 feet wide. It also has about 12 concrete beams running across the ceiling as bracing... they are huge. Where the beams are located, the clearance is only 70" high. To the main ceiling it is 78" high.
Additionally it houses our heating oil tank which is about 30" wide by 6 feet long, and there is copper piping for our heating, and pvc for our bathroom on the main floor, that runs in this space below the beams, so in some areas the head space is even lower. It also had a canning cupboard that was 8'6" wide, 18" deep, and went from floor to ceiling. So it felt quite "Cramped". It also only has one light bulb right at the entrance to room.
This is going to be my "BREWERY". Long story short, this portion of the basement was SCARY and was not touched in at least 40 years probably.
It has served as storage for us, and for housing all my brew "stuff". The plan has been to refinish, run some electrical, and make it more useable and less "scary". The electrical was going to happen soon, but the more comprehensive renovation of it was more a "down the line" type of thing.
Well our timetable got moved up by mother nature. Short story-- all the rain we've had exposed some major water/moisture issues. So since Thursday when we had a huge rain storm, every night after the kids have gone to bed, Allison (my wife) and I have been working on that space.
So far we have done:
-Removed canning cupboard
-Scraped paint off the walls
-Scarped paint off the floor
-Scrubbed and cleaned walls
-Scrubbed and cleaned floor
What we still have to do before August 10 (when the MIL comes to town-- because the "guest suite" is now acting as a holding area):
-Etch walls and floor to prep for top coatings
-Patch and seal wall/floor seams and lower 18" of wall
-Drylok wall/floor seam and lower 18" of wall
-Epoxy Garage coating on floor
-Figure out brewery and storage layout
To do after the MIL visit-
-Hook Up utility sink
-Hook up the brewery and BREW!
Allison was the one that actually suggested the Epoxy for the floor, and I think that rocks.
She has also officially started referring to it as "my man space" and "the brewery" already! Yesterday or the day before she also said to me, "The next day we have some good light, we should take some pictures of your hops so you can print them up and frame them and have something to hang in your brewery"!
I always knew I picked a keeper!
Sorry for the novel; if I could post pictures, I wouldn't have to! Pics to come soon though, soon...
Wish me luck!