Alfie comes out to play

Today I had had enough of the slow methodical dismantling of the house and got the excavator out to help things along.  I could only start after lunch as I had a mid-morning appointment.  I still wanted to salvage the wood, so went carefully.  I was amazed at how little breakage there was if I used a little thought as to the best way to use the bucket and claw to dismantle.  In general, lifting framing members from below seemed to work the best.  I was then even able to use the bucket to strip 2×4’s from the sheathing greatly speeding up the process and also fracturing way less ship-lap.

So the south annex is now down.  Still have a day of work to separate and process the resulting lumber.

Alfie helping take down the last vestiges of the south annex

Alfie helping take down the last vestiges of the south annex

As you can see, while a chaotic pile of lumber, it is not a pile of fractured pieces.  I would say that the tractor method in this part of the building resulted in the same or less wasteage that taking apart by hand in only a fraction of the time.

As you can see, while a chaotic pile of lumber, it is not a pile of fractured pieces. I would say that the tractor method in this part of the building resulted in the same or less wasteage that taking apart by hand in only a fraction of the time.

I will try to use the tractor on the bedroom annex as well.  The only concern on that side will be the ceiling joists.  If they do not pop off easily, I will need to salvage these by hand first before using the tractor.

One milestone I forgot to mention last night is that my ICF blocks from Durisol were successfully picked up yesterday and are on their way.  Looking at the pallets of material in the warehouse floor is already filling me with dread as to the upcoming task of installing these blocks.

Durisol ICF blocks ready for shipment.  This photo shows about half the volume.  All in all it is 37,000 Lbs of product!

Durisol ICF blocks ready for shipment. This photo shows about half the volume. All in all it is 37,000 Lbs of product!

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