The Destruction of the Ramp- Part 1

This weekend was AWESOME. If you know anything about our house at all, the title of this post should tell you why. Ever since we moved into our house, the ramp has been on our hit list. Not only was it built sub-par, but a lot of the wood was rotting and in the winter time the steep slope combined with icy wood planks made for a treacherous journey to our cars. But that is all in the past now, because it is halfway gone!

We were supposed to get started on the destruction of the ramp on Saturday, but due to truck troubles (my grandpa’s truck quit working once he got it into a nearby parking lot), we spent most of the morning trying to figure out what we were going to do with the trailer (we needed the trailer on our ramp to start tearing down the ramp and putting the remains into the trailer to get hauled away). Eventually a neighbor of ours saved the day. He hooked up his big truck to that trailer (unfortunately ours is not quite manly enough to do the trick) and got it up our driveway. By then, though, half the day was gone and Jacob and Nick were too into doing roof stuff to quit. So we saved the demo for Sunday.

another layer of insulation being added for extra warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer

another layer of insulation being added for extra warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer

ribbing to put the insulation into

ribbing to put the insulation into

Jacob and Nick after a hard-day's work

Jacob and Nick after a hard-day’s work

While Jacob and Nick were busy at work on the roof, I was going through all of the wood boards that Jacob salvaged from the shed demo’d a couple weeks back. It was tedious work, getting all of the nails out of each plank, but definitely worth it. The planks are still in great shape, and beautiful pieces of redwood. We plan on using them as the flooring for Boudreaux and Totoro’s dog house.

Then Sunday came. We got started working on the house pretty early, around 8:00am. Because we wanted to be nice to our neighbors and not wake them up with the sounds of chainsaws in the air, we started off working on the roof. Jacob laid more insulation down and I pretty much finished getting the old tar and roofing material off the other side.

Around 9:30 we decided most people were up so we got going!

one last shot of the ramp intact

one last shot of the ramp intact

cut #1- it begins!

cut #1- it begins!

one railing section down

one railing section down

one whole section gone!

one whole section gone!

more railing down

more railing down

how we left it

how we left it

Need I say more? Well, yes I do need to. Jacob and I are hoping to finish the destruction tomorrow (Wednesday) after work. My grandpa wants us to have it done even though his truck is still in the shop. But hey, he’s doing us a big favor so we will do what he says!

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