Chimney Demolition Weekend

The big task this weekend with the ongoing Gray House refurb project was to remove the chimney on the right side and patch the roof hole. Started on Friday with the above-roof portion, this took me until it was pretty much dark. I was rushing at the end to beat a pending rainstorm.

On Saturday me and my super-model wife rigged up a block and tackle to a roof joist and proceeded to deconstruct the chimney inside the house until it was roughly waist high. Was drenched in sweat by the time this was over. The back and shoulders will be sore tonight. See the progress and results below.

Gray House Interior Demolition Phase 1

Completed the first phase of the interior demolition. About 4,000 pounds of waste was taken to the local dump. Two non-load bearing walls were removed and I managed to repurpose many of the 2x4s to build saw horses for later phases of the renovation. Now that all of the walls and roof beams have been exposed things appear to be in pretty good shape, better than I expected actually. There were two roof leaks which have since been patched. Pretty happy so far. Next phase is the removal of the chimneys…

Gray House Demo Begins

Spent the last half of the day starting the demolition of the gray house interior. Never done a project like this but I’m very interested to give it a try. The plan is to remove all of the wallboard (walls and ceiling) and see what shape the structure is in and how/if we can remove the various walls and open the inside. Ultimately we want to make it a guest house with all of the modern conveniences. Below is a before and a few afters. The structure so far appears to be in good shape. Lots of wasp and hornet nests in the walls, so good time to do it since they are dormant.

There is no insulation in the walls nor ceiling, the place had to be incredibly cold in the winter.

Nothing Better Than Winter Fire pit

Invigorating to be out in the crisp weather after being cooped up inside due to the foot surgery. Nothing like enjoying a cigar and watching a winter sunset with the lovely wife.

One Helluva Night

Went out to sit in the tree stand on the back property thinking I probably wouldn’t see much since I just hadn’t had time to plant the green fields this year. As the light faded I saw one large doe moving quickly into the field from my front right. I looked closer and sure enough I could see lots of white antlers following close behind. It happened so fast I didn’t have time to get nervous, quickly took aim and made the shot. At first I thought I had missed him, when I looked up I saw nothing, no doe, no buck.

I climbed down from the stand and started walking the field, went back and forth several times before I found him. Got him right through the lower neck and it looks like he dropped right where I shot him. He was a big one, 10 point, and weighed in at 195 pounds!

Mark and Patrick helped me get him into the back of the UTV. The three of us along with neighbor JJ spent the next few hours dressing and skinning him. The next day I moved him to the barn and will be hanging him for five days which should really tenderize the meat.