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Scavenging lumber

Using a crowbar to tear down the old houseRather than getting his feet wet on Tuesday, Mark opted to tear down the old house.  I've been poking away at this project a tiny bit at a time as my wrists allowed, but Mark dove in with a vengeance.  Before I knew it, the roof was gone!

Now we've got wood to create the roof supports on our new homemade storage building.  The lumber is three quarters of a century old, but most of it is still good and hard.  The wood is probably oak or maybe even chestnut and is significantly harder than the soft two by fours we buy at the lumber yard.

The old house with the roof gone

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This post is part of our Building a Storage Building from Scratch series.  Read all of the entries:

Part 1: Foundation
Part 2: Floor
Part 3: Walls and scavenging lumber
Part 4: Adding the loft
Part 5: The roof
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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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