Saturday, 30 January 2010
Friday, 29 January 2010
There was a bit of a light-hearted atmosphere with party hats all round.
Suddenly, things took a turn for the worse before lunch as the excavator got back to work with its pincer action.
Suddenly, just as my youngest returned from school, we were down to the last piece. Guy was about to go to lunch but we asked him not to; we didn't want to miss the last wall! He started the engine again, we each held the camera and....
There was nothing left standing!
A new calm descended on the site.
It was tidy-up time! And even better; the weekend!
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Then they discovered that the ceiling and floor was riddled with woodworm, it looked like a teabag and crumbled in an instant! So much for the survey we had before we moved in! The demolition wasn't a moment too soon!
All the wood components of the house were separated into the large container. Guy was a dab hand with the grab arm, carefully separating the rubble into glass, metal, insulation, masonry, wood etc.
As Guy controlled the monster, Danny and Ian sorted out the smaller bits of rubble. Then more walls came down! Yippee!
It's a tough job but somebody's got to do it....
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Meanwhile, the icy air is fairly blowing through the house now, the loft hatch was especially draughty. Incidentally, the loft ladder mysteriously disappeared overnight. Guy was using it to get up there yesterday and today it was gone!
The other thing that was gone by the end of the day was the roof! The chimney is still standing, a lonely pillar amongst the rubble. Note the excavator now has its gripper arm handy. A massive pair of tweezers to take out floorboards and attic joists etc.
Tomorrow may be a bit more dramatic as the walls begin to come down.
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
It is very odd because I have to watch from the other side of the fence. I was allowed through briefly but it was a bit emotional to see the house in such a state.
Monday, 25 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Disconnection of services is not a simple matter of phoning a few people, everything had to be carefully organised (until the snow and the arctic temperature set in).
SGN coping in the snow, good work lads! Thank you also to my neighbour who helped with cups of tea when the hypothermia set in!
The SSE turned up at the same time, they seem to have lost the electricity cables. The SGN guys' hole next to the house, managed to uncover both gas and electricity, but what path did the cables follow to the street?
Somehow during this day, the house stopped being a house and we started referring to it as the site.