Day 3 - Let the demolition begin!

I really am enjoying the demolition part. LOL

That front overhang is bad....bad...bad to the blackened wood.  I've ripped out a bunch and have an oscillating fan going in there to get things dried up.  The rotted wood is all pretty wet.

This is what I started out with on the right side:

I think the bottom part (the bed support) is salvageable, I took the part out that slides out and it looks good.  I'll see after everything is cleaned up and dry on the piece above the cab.

Compost anyone?   Good blackened compost wood....LOL

It's a good thing I took this on with a suspicion of how bad it was going to be.  That really helps the mind.  ;-)

Danged wasps were already building nests in the air vents on the roof.  I took care of two small beginning nests already, the wasp was bigger than the nest....but it went bye bye.

I have a brand new heavy duty 20 x 20 tarp covering the entire unit, so we can stay dry now to allow the work to progress.  Makes it kind of dark in there, but I have a couple of shop lights I can hook up and there is one light working on the ceiling yet.

I had thought the refrigerator was kaput....but when I plugged my power in to run the shop vac and the fan, I had left the fridge on mistakenly.  After a few hours it was good and cold and the freezer was working too.  Both will need new rubber sealing, I could feel the cold air coming out around the edges and it's pretty worn and tattered.  Can't call that energy efficient by any means. LOL

Done for the day glad to have that covered before rains hit.  Covering one of these things is not meant to be a one woman job.  It took me a very long time, thank goodness the wind was down.  Wish I had a {{whew}} smiley to add.  :)

Hope everyone had a great day!  I took today as a vacation day to get this all sealed up and start the demo.

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Comment by Russell E Johnson on May 23, 2017 at 8:24pm

LOL, 'Kick it to the curb'. I think that may become my motto also.

Comment by Tina on May 23, 2017 at 8:01pm

HI Lakota :)

I was just back out there to look over that cab and the cabover area. I'm actually encourage now, I see clearly what needs to be replaced and it won't take tearing the whole front of that out at once. WHEW!
I think this project will now be from the front and working to the back, where before I was going to start on the walls of the living area thinking that was my worst damage. Obviously I see the worst is in the front. LOL

I'm going to tear out the storage/couch frame tomorrow so I can get the wall board out completely, it runs behind that frame and I don't want any of that moldy stuff left anywhere. The frame has mouse pee damage and other mouse/rodent left behinds...literally. LOL

Comment by Russell E Johnson on May 23, 2017 at 7:16pm

LOL, good way to look at the whole endeavor, Tina. Glad you have good quality masks. They are well worth the investment. 

Now he admits the truth. I wish people were honest in their dealings. People are so afraid to loose a sale that they become the thing they hate the most--dishonest used car salesmen.

Comment by Tina on May 23, 2017 at 7:08pm

Hi guys, thanks for following along.  :-)

I have professional dust masks here, I use them with my artwork from eggshells.  They are being put to use now for sure.

I guess I'm not using the search feature on this site properly, I've tried a few keyword searches for bunk rebuilds but keep coming up with pictures and posts that are pretty much after the restoration has been done.

I'll try again tomorrow, unless someone has link to a member here off hand that has done this with step by step pics..  That would be awesome!

I went back in and did some tearing down, the walls on the left side that were really bad.  Fortunately most of the damage was on the wall board stuff, the wood beneath was wet but sounded solid.  I'm crossing my fingers on what it's like when it's dried out.

I cannot believe this thing was not covered for over two years where it was at.  I thought it was only a year, but now he says it's been about two years.  That's a LOT of snow/rain/ice that has sat on that thing seeping in.  Ah well.......I ain't complainin'.  It was cheap as chips.  :)

Comment by Russell E Johnson on May 23, 2017 at 6:01pm

Oh that is some nasty stuff you uncovered there, Tina. As Lakota said, be sure to wear a mask. And I mean a good one that seals around the face. Here is a link to the kind I use: They are expensive but then so are hospitals and doctors and meds as one fights mold getting in the lungs or even dust and rust. 

Good luck and be safe.

Comment by Lakota Wolf on May 23, 2017 at 5:25pm

Ahhhhhh,,, the good ole nasty nasty,, time to get your hands dirty,,, F.Y.I. wear a mask,,, have to be weary about the black mold issues, The Forums here have a couple Class C Bunk area rebuilds that have a ton of pictures and step by step what other members have done, and of course You tube has a few also..   The Class C's were very prone to cab damage from water, But dont get discouraged,,, It can be repaired,,, a little elbow grease and brow sweat and you can do it.. Thanks for the update as we follow along on your project.



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