As you last remember, the basement had been gutted.  When the ceiling came down, batts of “Balsam-Wool” – a type of cellulose insulation – were revealed.  The product had a very handsome label:

Graphic design was so much more interesting in the last century.

Graphic design was so much more interesting in the last century.

 

There was a similar label in green, and I saved all that were in decent shape.  OK; let’s start start pulling down this stuff:

 

Not too bad; kind of musty-smelling, though.

Not too bad; kind of musty-smelling, though.

 

With all of the insulation down (and several dead mice removed from between the ceiling joists) the place begins to feel less oppressive and smell better.

 

Much better!

Much better!

 

Now I just have to remove all of the sheetrock nails and insulation staples still stuck in the joists:

 

The ceiling has been cleaned of staples and nails. After sweeping the floor, there is a bit of dust in the air.

The ceiling has been cleaned of staples and nails. After sweeping the floor, there is a bit of dust in the air.

 

I like the appearance of the ceiling and the illusion of height that is given to the low-ceiling space.  I’m fairly certain that I will keep this as the finished ceiling and insulate the rafters of the never-finished room above.

 

 

 

 

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