So with an average of 4-5 people working 7-8 hours a day on the job for 11 days so far we have made incredible progress and have a delicious stash of wooden booty so far. The wood has turned out to be far better than I anticipated and has been relatively easy to remove, but we are not done yet. Here are some great shots of the before, and how it has gone, some of the loads we have brought back, and the exciting videos that show how some of it was done.
First, remember what we started with?
The front view shows the double doors to the grand entry where they used to let the wind blow from the front to the back out matching doors. The metal roof shows major hail damage and that is one reason I think it is aluminum but I have not checked to be sure.
Quite a good pitch on the roof, so it will be easier to pull it from underneath. We may through ropes over the top and wear climbing harnesses to just walk on the top. I am thinking that this is aluminum on the roof instead of galvanized.
The main body of the house was added onto later. You can tell the difference by the type of siding used which is T117 on the back part.
This is a chance to get enough wood to practically build a tiny house in just two weeks of working hard for a couple of people. Never before has this offer been made to the public by any tiny house company, let alone a salvage company.
Then with the help of Ken, Loubee, Dale, Jerry, AJ, and Pitbull, we proceeded to take this old house down. We also had Shardel and Tabor show up from Colorado to help for a few days, so as to really make some progress for the first week and second week. After that,
This is the amount of protection you should wear to be completely safe. Admittedly she has allergies so the mask is even more important.
Here you can see the last of the beaded wood ceilings coming out.
See the 4×4’s that hold up the place. I have never had a house with less nails in the wood, and easy to remove square nails no less.
Carrying out the big boards is no small task as some weigh 30 lbs each at only 3/4″ thick by 5 1/2″ wide. Here you see Carlos who just stopped by to help for a couple hours.
Had to peel some linoleum Yuck off the wood floors but the roofing removal tool did a great job on this.
The videos we took show you how the Pure Salvage Skin Remover makes haste out of the floor removal process.
Some of the incredible longer flooring from upstairs in the attic and the 26′ long floor joists from downstairs that were 2×8 full dimension stock weighing in at nearly 200lbs each.
The essential fire pit where we burned all the trash and stuff we do not want.
Here is the best tin that came off the roof. The front part of the house was not as good and got torn up pretty good in the process of pulling the nails to get it off.
Here is the hallway of 250+ sq. ft. of full 1″ thick x 5″ wide flooring that took less than an hour to pull up.
Next you can see how much progress we had made by the 9th day with the roof and shingles pulled off, and most of the siding, flooring, ceilings, walls, and windows down.
and a quickie to show you how I took down the roof rafters in less than 5 minutes.
And here are the shots of where we were this morning when we started and made great progress so that we can drop the walls tomorrow morning.
Topless house now, and we have downloaded all the rafters that I collapsed. We are going after the last of the siding now so as to prepere to drop the walls next.
The siding helped to stabilize the house while we worked on the roof but now it comes down so that we can drop the walls tomorrow.
Very open inside now, with just the vertical 4×4’s which formed the walls. Very few 2×4’s in the house which is extremely rare.
Look at all the wood we have thrown out the windows. Much of it will still be saved, but alot will get burned too.
Jerry and LouBee working the siding from the gable end that fell on the house so we can remove the ceiling joists below them next.
Freestanding chimney will be dropped with the video camera running, but first we have some last walls to remove.
AJ is going after the storage room walls next, and taking out the siding that was on them too.
Here is a sampling of the siding that we have pulled, all Cypress and most of it usable again soon. I expect to put it on the Gyspsy Two.
All the rafters from the roof which were oddly 2×3 full dimension which is unusual. Still they are super strong and would be great for a Tiny House on Wheels if one were to do it out of salvaged wood.
Nearly all of the siding is off now.
Floor joists all taken out, and going for the ceiling joists today.
Imagine a family or group of people working together to pull this down like we are and getting the $30,000-$40,000 worth of wood, enough to build three Tiny Texas Houses in less than 4 weeks. Seems like that would make for a good living, great houses, and a reason more people ought to think about getting into salvaging old houses, barns, and buildings. So what is stopping them when we have 42,000,000 unemployed people in the US? That is just what the government is counting. It is not that hard, does not take that many tools, and could be done by many whom I hope to inspire by reading this, watching the videos, and getting others inspired to help so that they can all benefit.
Please show your friends because I can nearly guarantee there are houses around where you live that could be had for free so that others like yourself will be able to benefit instead of just the landfills around the country who make a ton of money by people throwing all of this great wood away.
Let us know by emailing me at Brad@Puresalvageliving.com if you are interested in learning how by being on one of our Salvage Bootcamps or if you are interested in buying some of this great wood for one of your projects. It is not cheap, but then it is also not that common. The kids who helped will all be getting a share of the wood we took down to go toward their dream houses as part of participating in the seminar and working so hard to take down this great house.
Till the next time, we still have a few days to go so check back to see the final tally of wood, the results of our efforts, and the great rocks that are coming from underneath that formed the footings and piers under the house. They are super cool too.