A lot of thought has to go into the process of dismantling a house when you are planning to use as much of the original as is possible. With a tight timeline (3.5 months total for two buildings) to get the buildings down and “stored” offsite, you have to think about every single effort you undertake so that you don’t have to expend any extra time or movement since there is none of either to spare.
Dumpsters fill quickly, muscles tire quickly and your head spins at the thought of what you have undertaken. “Did I bite off too much” was uttered on day two, but has not been said since. Two weeks in, much progress has been made. Here are some photos to prove it!
One room left to clear in the upstairs, the bathroom. It is going to take a jack hammer since it is 2-4″ of concrete on wire mesh as a base for ceramic tile. No amount of sledge swinging even made a dent. So far, a few major “what were they thinking” discoveries have been made. One 2×6 had 8 nails attaching it to another board, while a 6×6 support beam was being held up by one 2×4. Molding was attached with 4″ long nails, and the knob and tube wiring ran through the floors. The bright spot has been that there is so little insulation in the house that there is not as much of a mess that there could be.
This will be a week off, as work duties call. That also gives a week to regain the mental and physical strength needed to go forward!
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