When we bought our house six years ago, Hubby was most excited about having a backyard and his own shed. When we closed papers on the house, he ran down to the end of the backyard and excitedly threw open the shed door. Unfortunately, he found this:
The blue tarp was added by Hubby to cover the gaping hole in the roof.
The floor was rotted and, frankly, dangerous.
The back half of the roof was sagging.
There was some discussion about trying to rehab it, but it was very quickly determined that a new shed needed to be built. Hubby was intent on building it himself, even though he had no experience with any kind of building.
So this became the "Summer of the New Shed". The building of the new shed will be a post for another day (since there are still some details left to complete it). But today was finally the day we would Tear the Old Shed Down. (Already thinking of a parody to the tune of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down")
Of course Jamie was anxious to be part of the demo, and our friend Rick couldn't wait to come over with his Sawzall. His wife Kate came for moral support. After a hearty breakfast, the work began.
Hubby took the first swipe.
A quick last peek out the window
Jamie got busy with a crowbar
While Rick attacked with the sledgehammer.
They peeled away the outer layer of plywood, and banged off the boards underneath.
Hubby takes his turn with the sledgehammer
Finally there was just a shell. Rick finally got to power up the Sawzall and he cut all the front support beams close to the ground.
A short rest whilst they discussed the best way to pull the rest of it down. Jamie's original idea was to pull it down with her truck....but for many reasons that idea was scrapped.
Since no one had a good, sturdy (and LONG) rope, they put together some tie-downs from Jamie's and Rick's trucks and did it by hand! Working together and chanting "Heave, HO" the shed came crashing down!
And now we have a shed roof on our lawn!
There's still lots of work to go. Hubby is tearing off shingles, since those can't be burned. Everything else is going in piles to burn in our fire pit, or in the spring for Hubby to use for boiling maple syrup.
We thank our good friends Rick and Kate and my daughter Jamie for all their help and encouragement. It couldn't have been done without you!!