A pipe burst in the ceiling on Dec 1 and gifted us with a huge mess. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=426341 Thanks to all for all the encouraging words. We have dealt with the insurance company and recieved a check today. By doing the work ourselves as much as possible we will be able to stretch it to do some extra up keep around here. Our DD and DSIL are our wrecking crew. They tore out sheetrock in 2 bedrooms, cloroxed the wall studs and got the ceiling up before going home. They will be back Friday and we will go up with the walls. Hoorah. (sarcastically she snarls) Sometimes I think our DD and DSIL don't have enough sense to pour pee pee out of a boot. I told them the control board on the wall in the middle bedroom was where the phone and TV was wired in. Weeeeeeell.................they took it down and threw it away. I TOLD them!! The garbage ran, and it was gone. No phone, TV or internet until Monday. At least when I get the bill, they won't be here so I won't go to jail for strangling them. They also insisted on 12' sheetrock. No, I told them, it won't make the turn in the hallway. Oh, they both reassured me that they took out a whole sheet and it did go down the hall and made the turn. So I took off at lunch on Christmas Eve and met them at Lowes. I bought 30 sheets. Hah! Guess what didn't make the turn? Pinned against the wall by the sheetrock, I growled, did you think about MEASURING the piece you took out? My son in law suggested that I stay there for a while to cool down. So back to Lowes where I am well known by most of the crew there. They laughed at me for being a dufus. We bought 45 sheets of 8' sheetrock and the loading crew told me not to come back. We are the most unskilled de/con/struction crew ever. On Christmas morning I really nailed my poor longsuffering DH. I told him, I know we agreed not to get Christmas presents for each other this year, but I couldn't resist (while holding a pretty Christmas bag in my hand, evil smirk) Bless his heart, he had the biggest deer-in-the-headlights-look on his face. For about 20 seconds he felt real bad. I handed him the bag and he opened it. Inside was 2 peices of Pex plumbing pipe and a tee fitting. He yelled, you A_ _!!!!! My house is upside down, stuff everywhere. With no room or desire for a Christmas tree, I bought green wrapping paper, construction paper and a glue stick. My DD and 3 year old DG cut out a tree and ornaments and taped it to the wall. Looks pretty good. My decor is rolls of insulation, stacks of laminate flooring and lots of displaced belongings. The curbside shoppers have struck the Mother Lode at our house, we have tossed out in a massive pre-pre-pre-spring cleaning. The master bedroom is a shambles with a narrow trail to the bathroom and both sides of the bed. the worst part of that is when we get the other 2 bedrooms done, we have to move the master bedroom down the hall and wreck that room out. Sheesh. Not to mention both bathrooms and the floors. This has all the sounds and symptoms of lasting a while. Now I know what an explosion in a furniture factory looks like-I'm living in one. I'll keep ya'll updated, and if any of you need some remodeling work done, I might be persuaded to work for chicken feed.