It is finally time to start tearing things down - or up!
First, we peeked under the carpet, since we couldn't know what kind of treatment to give it until we knew what was under there! Thankfully there was cement and the first part of the carpet came right up! yay!...
Then my super step-dad (who coincidentally stepped out of the door when he saw me with my camera) and Adam ripped the "fake wall" out, which was surprisingly easy. Especially because I just had to stand there and tell them what they were doing wrong :-) which was very little 'cause these guys know what they were doing and the wall was out in less than 15 minutes!
Then... we ripped the rest of the carpet out. And here is where things got tricky:
The first part of the carpet only had the adhesive that comes with the carpet, but the rest of it had cement glue underneath. It would NOT come out easily, so we headed to Home Depot to get some advice from the experts and there we found a whole wall of things to help take adhesive off. It all sounded awful! So Adam grabbed the one that sounded less cancerous.
We had masks and gloves (well, I had gloves... Adam started using his once the pure acetone started burning a hole through one of his fingers!), and it was still so potent that we both ended up with an awful headache. We set several fans to air it out as fast as possible... but at least we got the floor stripped!
At the end we were absolutely exhausted! but we still have the walls to paint. By the way, did you notice they were wood paneling? Yeah... about that! More on that subject tomorrow!
Note: we are DEFINITELY NO EXPERTS at tearing carpets out and I'm sure we made one or two mistakes, so please, don't follow our example unless you check with an expert first!