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The "Timing is Everything" Award: Before

This meant they had to do it very quietly. And, as a result, very slowly. "We used mini crowbars and chisels to pry the tiles off one by one so that we could catch them before they clattered on the floor," Christine says. "The demo alone took a week." The couple discreetly carried out the debris in 5-gallon buckets and made sure to sneak in sheets of drywall, the new bathtub, and other large supplies when the building's super was off duty.

Five weeks and zero noise complaints later, the effort paid off. "It probably would have taken us only a couple of weeks if we hadn't needed to be so stealthy," Christine says. "Everything is so much cleaner-looking now."
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