Wednesday – Demolition Done

and so is my back. What a lot of work, but it’s done. Here’s the pictures:

A pile of 2x4s waiting to have nails taken out.

Once the siding was off, it was easy to knock the walls over. The harder part was going through removing nails and stacking the wood out of the way. Most of the wood was 8 foot lengths, but there was some smaller and a few 10 foot sticks.

Two gallons of nails.

Just to show how many nails there were, look at that picture – two full one gallon milk containers of nails.

Clean slab waiting for the new shed.
Tools of the trade.

This is a picture of the tools I used to bring the shed down:

  1. The crow bar is a great tool for general prying things apart and pulling nails.
  2. The black flat bar is one of my favorite demo tools. It pries, pulls nails, scrapes and make a satisfying ringing sound when dropped.
  3. The hammer or as I like to call, a persuader as it persuades things to move to new places.
  4. Screw driver for the few screws I found
  5. The blue handled channel locks are good for removing stubborn screws and helps with more difficult nail removal.
  6. The vice grips are for really, really stubborn screws and broken nails.
  7. Gloves – I actually wore out one pair of gloves on this job.
  8. Magnet on a string for when nails roll into awkward places.
  9. Tea cup for morning break.
  10. Water bottle – have to stay hydrated.


and finally, some of the personal protect stuff – safety glasses, gloves and a really big hat. The sun at this altitude can be intense.

Tomorrow the new shed arrives and then I can start on building new things. Until then, if you need me, I’ll be collapsed in a corner.

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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28 Responses to Wednesday – Demolition Done

  1. I am so impressed that you took that apart yourself! The magnet on a string is brilliant. You’ll be collapsed in a corner. Ha!

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  2. Baydreamer says:

    Great job even with your back “talking back” to you. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’ll be exciting to start the new project, too, I’m sure.

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  3. Franknbean says:

    Good work Mr Andrew the Destroyer!!!
    I took notice you had no 16# Persuaders. Thatโ€™s a gotta have for me because reasons. Maybe itโ€™s a testosterone enhancer.

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  4. Wow, what a ton of work! It must feel good to be done. The part I hate most about demolition/salvage is pulling the &^*% nails out afterward — it’s so tedious, it almost feels like more work than the rest of the demo.

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  5. wow! quite the project ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Dave says:

    You and I use the same brand of gloves and I know how tough those are, so it’s impressive you went through a pair on this one project. The “gallons of nails” photo speaks volumes as well. Finally, the “finished product” – the clean slab – looks almost as if you just completed a new pour. Well done, and bring on the new shed!

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    • I love those gloves. I was surprised when I started to see holes in the fingers. I think it was the roofing that finally killed them. Now I’m just waiting for the new shed delivery.


  7. Wow! I hope you had a good soak last night. Today will be exciting. You will be glad you took such care and have so much useable wood from the old shed. I hope you feel rested and better soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. jfwknifton says:

    I think you deserve at least a long weekend off for all that work. And some ice cream.

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  9. Enjoyed reading your list of “what to have” for demolition. THAT was a lot of work, BRAVO for writing this post!! Let’s see if you have aches / pains tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Dave Foyle says:

    Hi Andrew! Good thing youโ€™re retired now, so you donโ€™t have to โ€œworkโ€!
    Yow! It makes my back hurt too just looking at it!
    Take care!

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  11. kathy70 says:

    Taking down something when you are being responsible and systematic takes just as long as putting some things up. At the high cost of everything today, saving for reuse makes sense. I also love your description of the sounds of tools dropping which we have all done. Kudos.

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  12. You have got to feel good about this.

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  13. SusanR says:

    You certainly seem to know all the tricks for this sort of thing.

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