The Big Day: The Bunker Demo at Brick House 319

The demo day had finally arrived. Tuesday was D-Day for the bunker. This was exciting for us. John could finally tear the roof off allowing sunlight to flood the area. The back door had not seen the light of day since 1992.

The permit was placed in the window at the front of the house. John got his circular saw, sawzall and 30lb sledge hammer ready and I stood on the sidelines with my camera.

IMGP3357The last time I will have to take a photo of the ‘bunker.”

IMGP3358Contemplating the first swing…

IMGP3359The first wack…nothing happened yet.

IMGP3360Now John is pounding the roof with the sledge hammer….but still, not much is happening. It wasn’t going to collapse easily.

IMGP3362The sledge hammer swinging continues…

IMGP3364Time to plug in the circular saw.

IMGP3365The bunker roof/plywood can’t fight off the Milwaukee circular saw’s new blade.

IMGP3366John wears knee pads made for tile contractors; they have more padding.

IMGP3370After slicing, some more pounding…

IMGP3372Bill had covered the roof with very thick awning-type material. The saw was fighting to get through it.

IMGP3374John pulled the tarp back for better access.

IMGP3378Now John was making a dent…it was beginning to collapse.

IMGP3380He sliced all the way down and then picked up the sledge hammer to do some damage.

IMGP3388He pushed through with his weight…

IMGP3391Making some headway…

IMGP3395The first strip is torn out. Now John has a system down for the rest of the job. He continued cutting in 36″ increments.

IMGP3402Off with one shirt and on with another…

IMGP3408IMGP3415IMGP3418IMGP3420IMGP3426The one thing John doesn’t need is a gym membership. If anyone wants a free workout, feel free to stop by.

IMGP3427The skylight has fallen! Making progress…

IMGP3432I can safely move to the west side where I stood at the side entrance door looking up.

IMGP3435I think I just told John to watch out and not fall through to the cement pad.

IMGP3440I snapped this as the roof section caved in and crashed to the ground.

IMGP3442Lots of dust and debris…

IMGP3446Two more sections to go. By now, John’s been at the roof job for about 2 hours.

IMGP3448More slicing…now you can see the half-exposed back door. Amazing!

IMGP3450IMGP3455IMGP3456IMGP3460I stood on a ladder at the back of the bunker. I’m scared of heights so this is about as far up as I will ever go.

IMGP3462 Facing a big clean up the following day…

IMGP3465IMGP3472IMGP3476It’s collapsing..

IMGP3484I couldn’t wait for this roof to drop to the ground and be out of my life.

IMGP3486Almost…

IMGP3487Close…

IMGP3489A quick break before the crescendo…

IMGP3491Hooray!!!

IMGP3494It took about 3 hours for John to do the roof demo. By now it was about 7:30pm and he packed it in for the night.

IMGP3495Over dinner, we talked about how the sun will flood the soon-to-be patio and brighten up the back of the house.

Next Post: The Sun POURS in………

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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