Meg and I could only afford this house by cutting a big corner, meaning that we bought a place out of bankruptcy even though it was a huge headache and in need of a whole lot of work before it was habitable. The biggest thing was to find a good heating contractor in morris county nj. It is a really old house and it had an old oil furnace in the basement. Of course it did not work and the first thing I did was to get my brother to help me take it out of there. It was nasty job and I knew that it was going to make a huge mess getting it out of the house. I would guess that the house must have been more or less built around it to start with. At least that was what we were thinking at the time, because the only thing to do was to try to cut it down to size with a cutting torch. Getting it out of that basement in one piece would have been impossible even if we had had a couple of incredibly strong guys who could somehow drag it up the stairs.
Of course taking it up the stairs in one piece would have required a tow truck. The thing is huge when it is all together and there was not much chance to move it by itself. We made a huge mess of the entire house before we were done and made sure that Meg was not allowed near the place until afterwe got the entire place cleaned up pretty good. Then we started pulling up the carpet, which was awful at any rate. There was a nice hardwood floor under it and we will refinish it when we have the money for it.