Saturday, October 6th
For half of the day, we focused on removing floors and floor joists in one room. Then, we briefly started on a second room.
We didn’t get far before realizing that the floors and floor joists provide much of the structural cross-support of the house, and we needed to start tearing the house down from top to bottom. In other words, the floors keep the house from twisting, and we needed to get the weight of the roof off of the house.
After conferring with each other and talking to a construction expert to get a third opinion, John suited up in his safety gear and started tearing off roofing shingles. John spent the rest of the day doing that while Mark and I focused on de-nailing the lumber that was salvaged earlier in the day.
Monday, October 8th
John has been focused on removing shingles from the roof. Mark and I concentrated on removing old beadboard from underneath the old porch and some white siding.
Late in the day, we decided to pull down the front porch of the house. The roof was too unsafe for John to stand on, so we knew we’d pull it down.
Tuesday, October 9th
On the way to the job site this morning, John called to report that he and his wife had eaten out the night before and he had a touch of food poisoning and needed to take the day off.
Mark and I concentrated on tearing apart the porch and salvaging what we could.
We’ve been getting a lot of strange looks from people driving by. At the beginning of the project, we were doing so much interior work that most people asked if we were remodeling the place. Now, it’s very apparent that we’re tearing it down.
Wednesday, October 10th
John is feeling like himself again and spent all day removing the roof. Despite his best efforts, the progress was very slow because he discovered that there are not 1, not 2, but 5 – 7 layers of old roofing on many sections of the old roof!
We are realizing that removing the roof is going to take longer than the 2 days we estimated.
He’s frustrated with it as are we.
Mark and I spent the day removing old siding and beadboard from the house and de-nailing all of the reclaimed lumber. We also picked up roof debris and wheelbarrowed it to the trash trailer.
Thursday and Friday, October 11th and 12th
More of the same. John has spent his time on the job working on the roof, while Mark and I have concentrated on removing old siding from the house, de-nailing it, and loading it into the trailer. We had trash detail as well, and our trash trailer is almost full.
Saturday, October 13th
We hired another experienced roofer to help John and 95% of the roof has been removed at this point.
Mark, me and John’s wife, Christina, took a load of roof debris to the city landfill. We spent the rest of the day wheelbarrowing shingles to the trash trailer. We made a small dent in it.
Sunday, October 14th
John and Christina are spending a much needed day off with their little boy. Mark and I are washing clothes, buying groceries, buying supplies and tools from Home Depot, watching football, and writing blog posts.
We’re all nursing sore muscles … and getting physically and mentally ready for next week.