House Addition/Renovation #2: Excavation & Upper shell

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 05-16-2018 04:36 PM 1511 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Beginning Part 2 of House Addition/Renovation series Part 3: Interior framing upstairs »

So it didn’t take long for the contractors to get this swimming pool dug. I came home from work, walked around to the back of my house, and saw this.

For now, they just dropped all of the dirt into this big pile. I guess we’ll deal with that later. The concrete was busted up and set to the side, awaiting a “clean fill” dumpster to be delivered.

Also, the walls and roof of the second floor were built. For now, this roof is covered with tar paper and the window openings are covered with a tarp.

The next day they made some progress by putting shingles on the roof of the second floor. Sorry the pictures are bad but by the time I got home from work it was getting dark.

This is a good shot of the old roof and shingles, which will eventually be removed and rebuilt.

They also got a majority of the front, existing portion of the roof re-shingled.

If you noticed that big red dumpster in the driveway and were wondering “what the heck will go in that?” here are a few shots of the old shingles and other debris.

Despite my best efforts to load the dumpster by stacking everything neatly, It did fill up pretty fast.

In this photo, you can see the old gutters all folded up:

They had obviously been painted at least twice in their lifetime, but as I was looking at them a little closer, I noticed that they were COPPER GUTTERS. I had never seen a house with copper gutters before, and my friend (who was helping me load the dumpster) and I joked about the neighborhood scrap pickers getting really excited about them. Luckily I didn’t put them in the dumpster or out for the garbage. I ended up loading them into my pickup and took them to a local salvage place, thinking I’d get maybe $40 or so. The bed of my truck was pretty well full, and when we put them all on the scale the guy gave me a slip to get paid. I left the office with over $450!!! Thank God I didn’t put them out for trash!!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 05-16-2018 06:22 PM

Jackpot on the gutters! Looking like a lot of progress was made pretty quick

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 05-16-2018 07:59 PM

Tooch, looks like progress. Pretty exciting stage of construction. Nice save on the gutters.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 05-18-2018 10:02 AM

I wonder is Tyvekboy watching? he would be proud of you!!
I think I can see two young smiling faces already
Thats Copper for you, dont even try and buy new ones!!

A hint lock the back door!!

-- Regards Rob

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