Sunday Demolition

Here is my progress on the shed demolition. The roof is off and the sheathing is starting to come off. I’ve got three more days to finish clearing this site. If my back holds out, I’ll have pictures of our new shed next week.

The rafters are taken out one by one.

The tricky part of removing a roof is to make sure you’re not standing under it when it falls down. I removed shingles and roof sheathing before touching the rafters. The rafters where removed one at a time while I was outside the shed. The trick was to remove the rafters in the right order so that the last two or three would fall into the shed and not on me. It took three days of work to get it to this stage.

No more roof

The pile of wood in the shed are the rafters. Each still had nails so the next step was removing those and stacking the wood out of the way.

Sheathing coming off

Here you can see the stud wall and inside piles of shingles and other junk that I just threw in here. That needs to be cleaned out and the rest of the sheathing removed. The wall framing will actually come down fast and I expect that the big thing this week is site cleanup and making sure the shed building crew has a clear path to the site with the needed electrical connection.

That’s it for this week on the shed. I’ll have more stuff next week, but if you need me, I’ll be in the shed.

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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18 Responses to Sunday Demolition

  1. Looking at these backwards, it’s a fascinating project. I certainly don’t envy you the task of removing each nail from every board!

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  2. Debra says:

    A lot of work, Andrew, but I can imagine you’re going to do a wonderfully practical and useful rebuild!

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  3. It takes longer to demolish an old shed than to build a new one. Glad to hear you didn’t get beaned by any falling rafters – stay safe out there!

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  4. jfwknifton says:

    Your ability to recycle is a lesson to us all. Most people would have had a big bonfire!

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  5. That is pretty amazing, Andrew.

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  6. SusanR says:

    I had no idea tearing down that shed would be so complicated.

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    • It’s only complicated because I’m reusing the material and I have to salvage carefully. If it was a straight to the dumpster demolition – me, a sledge hammer, and a chain saw would have that thing gone in a day.

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  7. Then you’ll have somewhere to put the lumber you’re saving!

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  8. It is a job for sure. Are you re-using any of the old shed wood?

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    • I’m planning on reusing a bunch of it. Most of the 2x4s, 2x6s and the siding I’m planning to use for other yard projects and shop shelving projects. I’m hoping that I’ll reuse half to two-thirds of the material in the old shed.


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