So now that I have gotten the floors pulled up it’s time to start creating a crawlspace. The idea I have is to dig out the crawl space, jack up the house and get it all level, build a real foundation, and then set the house back on it.
So that starts by digging. Lots and lots of digging.
The process I’m using is to chop up the dirt with a pick ax, shovel it into 5 gallon buckets, and then haul the buckets out either to the wheel barrow, or as the pile gets taller, directly to the pile.
I went ahead and removed the floor joists in the back additions because they looked like this! Not useful anymore anyway and they made the digging much harder by being in the way.
Buckets getting filled.
Also, I’ve decided I’m never burying any treasure because it’s too much work! I’ll find a better way to hide things!
All done in that room. It’s VERY satisfying each time I finish off a segment!
Ok. I didn’t actually burn down the house. But I did turn the big old heap of old deck wood into firewood and give it away!
This heap had been here for a while and hadn’t gone anywhere. I had been hoping that someone would just make it disappear but it didn’t work out that way. So I decided to chop it into pieces that would fit in someones stove and see if that helped. It did! A friend of mine wanted a bunch and the last bit got picked up bit by bit by some local folks.
It’s a good deal when everyone involved thinks they got the best end of the deal.I got rid of some ‘trash’ from my house and my friend and some other folks got to heat their house a little bit cheaper. Recycling and reusing is the best! So far with all the demolition I’ve managed to make one trip to the dump (right near the beginning when I felt I just needed to get a head start on getting stuff OUT of the way.) and the rest has been gotten rid of just through the weekly trash days. Almost all the wood has gone either into my wood box on the garage or into someone else’s wood stack, or into the garage for reuse later on in the project. All that has gone to the trash is mouldy drywall, panelling, and mouse turd infested insulation.
This was one of the many layers of flooring in the little back bedroom.
Probably the coolest find yet!
This is a piece of rather fibrous paper that comes apart in stringy layers if you try to tear it. But the cool thing about it that it has the name and address of the old Ridgway Mercantile on it! And a COD label from the Ridgway Express Agency! Too fun!