I uninstall the remaining fixtures from the downstairs bathroom, including the shower. A friend and his dad help me excavate the drain pipes that were installed against building code beneath the floor. It’s tedious work, digging through tough clay around each pipe. Just look at that cluster of PVC and rubber unions hacked together. No building official would ever approve this!

The excavated dirt is placed in 5 gallon buckets and kept in my laundry / mechanical room which is now fully exposed.

The dryer was hooked up with a vinyl hose that was covered with drywall, against code. Also, none of the laundry drain pipes were secured to the studs so they simply fell off.

Meanwhile several friends help me remove some planter boxes that were holding moisture against my foundation. ($223.86)

My lower level is becoming more and more exposed.