Thursday, August 12, 2010
House From Hole
That is what we are going to do next... pull a house from this hole... and it is a magnificent hole!
The excavation crew finished digging the foundation hole today. Look at that beautiful hole! It's huge! Here it is from the other end.
That thing sticking up in the middle is where the garage floor will go. We went down into the hole. Here is where the front door will be.
My shop will be in the basement in that corner, and the front door will look out on the tree.
And the best part.... no ledge.... there was no ledge anywhere! It doesn't get any better than that.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Today we took down the house. The equipment showed up on Monday to pull out the stumps, and it was waiting for the Big Event Tuesday morning.
So, where do you start demolishing a house? How about the front door?
One chomp and the door is gone! This is powerful stuff.
Then, you keep chomping until you cut the house in half.
And eventually, the roof caves in.
The big guy keeps eating away at the center of the house while the little guy takes down the garage, on the left
The garage is gone, and the South side of the house is next.
When they meet up, there isn't much left standing but the French doors and some trim.
Two hours later the house has been turned into a pile of rubble.
Pack it into the biggest truck ever.
Then drive it off to Maine where they will grind it up into "Hog Food" to be burned in a power plant.
Goodbye, House From Hell (HFH). It's enough to bring you to tears.... not because the house is gone, but because the lot looks so gorgeous with the house gone.
Stay tuned. I will try to post videos later.
Monday, August 09, 2010
Tomorrow is the day when the House From Hell (HFH) goes down!
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Today the PODS people showed up with their PODZILLA and took away our stored stuff. The PODZILLA is quite entertaining to watch.
First, they drove the PODZILLA up the drive and around the POD.
Then, the PODZILLA picked up the POD and the drove it into the street.
Once it was in the street, the PODZILLA lifted the POD up high, and they backed the truck underneath it.
Once on the truck, the PODZILLA wheels were lifted, and the whole thing was driven off. It is an ingenious system.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
The trees came down yesterday. What a show! Here is a photo of the front of the house before we took out the trees:
That large tree by the sidewalk had to come out because the new house will be built right on top of it. There were four other trees that had to go, including the two at the right side of the photo, the one in the center by the street, and one tree in back. The tree by the walk is a monster. Look at the size of this thing:
Here's the trunk of it sitting on the ground after they took it down:
The tree was starting to rot in the middle, as you can see by the hole in the base. The rot goes right through the stump and into the roots too.
They had to haul the big tree out on a truck, but the "little" trees got fed directly into the chipper.
The chipper ate a whole tree!
I went back later to see just how big the monster tree was. Here is the stump.
You can see the rotten hole in it. I put the tape measure across the stump to see how big it was:
You have to add 3 inches to that for the length of the tape measure body. Almost 5 1/2 feet. And that isn't even the widest part.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
We Are Out!
We are out of the house. We went through 100% of everything we own and put it into one of three places:
- This apartment
- The POD
- The trash
We started moving on June 15th after we signed the lease on the apartment. It is now August 1st and we are out. It took a month and a half to go through 38 years of stuff.
We are all beyond exhausted.