The plaster removal process at Eleven House was a pretty big project! I blogged about it here, and as promised I want to show you how we constructed a debris chute from drawers. The drawers in the downstairs kitchen at Eleven House were destined for the dumpster – until Bill Spaid had a brilliant idea and sidelined them for this project.
Bill removed one end of the drawers and notched the edges so all the drawers fit together (reducing the possibility of trash getting caught along the way.)
He then fit them together in pairs (for ease of transport), screwing them together with a piece of wood bridging the two drawers along the side.
All the drawers had a buddy, and Bill linked them together and lashed them to our 20-foot aluminum ladder. The ladder gave the chute a solid base, so it wouldn’t bow from the weight of the plaster debris. We kept the lashing (nylon rope) out of the main chute, so trash wouldn’t collect in that area.
Bill also made handholds from the rope, so we could grab the chute without putting excess pressure or pull on the chute itself. This way we could pull up the ladder when the debris collected at the bottom and we had to move it to a clear spot in the dumpster.
You can see the process here:
We lashed the chute to our 20-foot aluminum ladder to avoid bowing and breaking from the weight. Then we angled it into the dumpster. We all held our breath during the first dump – but it was a success!
I know, we are easily entertained. But, it is seriously cool. And free! We hauled 3 tons of plaster out of the house. We kept the drawers, just in case we found another use for them.
If Walls Could Talk.
Oh, and we had another surprise in the wall upstairs. One of our helpers found a cache of goodies that looks
as though a magpie might have collected them. Old bottle caps, scissors, razor blades, printed magazines from 1927, and a broken LP of the song “Second Hand Rose” emerged from one wall in the kitchen. Did someone purposely put these items in the wall, like some sort of time capsule? Did they slip in there by accident? We plan to display the LP and some of the odds and ends in Eleven House when it is finished.
Hopefully, our DIY debris chute will help you brainstorm ways to solve problems or save money on your renovations. Please comment below and let us know about some of your awesome ideas!