After we removed everything from the inside of the house, the backyard looked like an episode of Hoarders. Need a rusty water heater? No problem. A broken storm door. Gotcha covered. A 1970’s wall oven? A non-working dishwasher? Some old AC window units? Five satellite dishes? Step right up, we will make you a deal.
Once all this stuff was cleared out of the way, we entered phase 2 of demolition….also known as the “we don’t know when to stop” phase of demolition.
Having been a remodeling contractor for many years, I have been inside, under and on top of many old houses. From their smelly damp crawlspaces to their stifling dusty attics, I have experienced it all. One of my least favorite things is working in an attic. I knew there was a lot of work that was going to be needed in our attic so I decided to try something I had never done…. vacuum out all the existing insulation, dust and debris.
So I went and rented a giant 18 horsepower attic vacuum with a 150 foot hose….and got to work
It went pretty well. We only made one rookie mistake…turns out that the huge bags that hold all the insulation weigh about one million pounds when they get filled up.
So, we wised up and put the bags in the trash trailer first, then filled them up.
By the end of the day the attic was completely cleaned out. And my trash trailer was completely full of dusty filth. Luckily our neighbors never complained about the 18 HP JET ENGINE NOISE that droned on in the backyard for 8 hours straight. By this point, they all knew we were crazy and they thought nothing of it.
Our electricians and HVAC guys that worked in our attic were sure appreciative of the clean attic I gave them. And I felt better knowing 80 plus years of dust and mouse poop were gone.
Next up….hidden treasures revealed.