Before I started on the project today I wanted to visualize something a bit nicer to look at. I went out to the pond and saw the Rhododendrons in the morning sunlight. I thought I would share the beauty:
On with the work. Today I planned to take the rest of the cabinets down and then begin the kitchen end. The cabinets were a tough job, most of the screws were stripped. I spent hours on that. Then I started into the kitchen end and got very very discouraged as I tore off the old stuff. This is the wettest and most damaged area of the camper. Again I was met with wood that was composted to dirt form. I really thought this was not going to be doable the further I got into it. However, after sitting and pondering...I got up for a closer look and tearing some more old paneling off, and I saw that the rotten composted wood was simply the frame for the stove fan vent. Fixable! I continued on and it's pretty much the same as the rest of the camper. Fixable! Taking the stove fan out was a major job too, it was attached to the cabinets above the stove/sink, and ...you guessed it...the screws were stripped and crookedly inserted. Cussing was prolific today. LOL Here's the inside of the stove hood. Notice the bare wires around that beginning mouse home?? In the middle of the ceiling, next to the a/c unit, was an electrical outlet. (still scratching my head on that one) and it was SOAKED! The board it's on will take at least a week to dry out. The outlet has been removed. There will be some major rewiring going on before I'm finished. Here's the kitchen end now, hopefully getting dried out. My Pops came over to look things over, he says it's fixable too, and sounded quite positive about it. So, encouragement reigned supreme. He gave me some good ideas from his previous experience with these water damaged units. It's going to be good to have him in my back pocket for answers and ideas. :) I'll do a little work on it tomorrow, but first and foremost I need to take care of the lawns. You would not even know I had mowed last week. LOL Hope everyone had a great day!