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GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE, BUS SEATS (and disgusting rubber floor!)
First thing on the agenda this morning was getting rid of all the rest of the bus seats. We started unbolting and pulling them out yesterday, but ran out of time before sunset. As soon as we got to the bus today, we got back to work! Henry didn’t need any help unbolting the seats from the wall bracket, so the kids and I started pulling up all the screws that were holding the rubber flooring down. At first we used a regular screwdriver, like dummies. Then we realized we had borrowed two super long extension cords from a friend (THANK YOU COURTNEYYYYYY!) and could plug in the electric drill! YAY FOR ELECTRICITY!
Before we could finish getting all the screws out, though, Henry was finished with the bracket bolts, so it was back to the two-person unbolting job that we started yesterday. Henry crawled back under the bus while I ratcheted from above. (That sounds like some kind of hoochie mama dance, I know, but I promise you it was not nearly as fun as it sounds.) Within a couple of hours, we were finished and the bus was EMPTY! You guys have no idea how good it felt to throw that last seat out the back door. Goodbye and good riddance, bus seats. You will not be missed!
After getting all the seats out, we went back to unscrewing the flooring. There were two metal strips going down the middle that were a BITCH to remove, but we made it work with our trusty crowbar. Kai was so excited to use the crowbar, he actually begged for us to let him pull them up. It was hard work, though, so him and Roxy took turns and I jumped in to help with the really stubborn spots. Once it was all out, we could see the metal floor below and were pretty grossed out by the amount of wet, slimy rust we found. It doesn’t look like the metal rusted through in any spots, though, so we know it won’t be too hard to sand it down and make it shiny again.
After an hour or so of pulling up the floor, Henry jumped in to unscrew a metal bar that went across the floor at the wall. A few of the screws wouldn’t budge, so he had to bust out the angle grinder and cut them off. The kids thought the angle grinder was the COOLEST THING EVER because it gave off a ton of sparks and left a really strong metal smell. Marley said “that smells sooooooo gooooood, mom!” She’s a weirdo! The kids didn’t get to try the grinder today, but I think I might let them give it a shot tomorrow when we start the other side. Roxy is really loving the power tool experience, so I know she’ll be first in line to make those sparks!
Once the metal strip was off, just as it was getting dark, Henry finished pulling up the rest of the rubber floor on that side of the bus. We had a light with us and could have kept working for a while, but the kiddos were starving and we were all pretty exhausted, so we decided to call it a day and finish pulling the floor up tomorrow. After that, we can sand down all the rust and start getting it ready for a REAL floor! So excited!
That’s it for today! Be sure to check back tomorrow for some more progress photos. And if you’re not already following along on Facebook and Instagram, go do it! It’s better than pictures of people’s lunch and/or cat videos, right? (Well, maybe not better than cat videos.)
See you tomorrow!