Category Archives: Wentworth Street

In 2006, Sue and I bought what we though would be a quick flip. We were wrong.

Our friend, the dumpster

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Along with the demolition came the dumpsters. There was far too much material to simply load into a truck and haul it away. So, although it pained me greatly to pay the $800 or so to have one of these … Continue reading

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And the chimneys come tumbling down

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The house had two chimneys which were unused (they had been removed below the roofline several years earlier) and were actually crumbling. In some places the brick was so soft you could turn it into powder with your fingers. We … Continue reading

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Ceilings, wiring and lessons learned

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The ceilings in this place proved to be an enormous pain and a significant lesson. My first instinct was to preserve them if at all possible. Upstairs, this made sense, because the attic was filled with 18 inches of blown-in … Continue reading

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Bye, bye garage

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Among the “features” of the house was a sad little detached one-car garage. It had no foundation and over the years had sunk and sagged to the point where it was actually about a foot into the ground. Because it … Continue reading

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Wentworth Street: Gutting the basement

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Where to begin? My first step, strangely enough, was to try and mow the lawn, which was really a tiny field. When the 2′ high grass choked my¬† lawnmower, I borrowed a brush cutter from the local trail group and … Continue reading

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The demo begins

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After dealing with the basement, we turned our eyes to the part of the job we were best suited for: demolition. This required only gloves, a mask, a high tolerance for filth and a heavy object to swing. All tools … Continue reading

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Wentworth Street: What we bought

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In the summer of 2006, just as the real estate boom in southern Maine was reaching its pinnacle, Sue found a rehab project for us in a tough Biddeford neighborhood. It was a duplex, owned by an older man looking … Continue reading

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