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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 01:39 AM Thread Starter
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Tearing down a house

Well I bought the property next to my house which has an old house with a newer addition on the back of it. Old guy lived there died while doing the addition part. Anyway I want to rip the old house down and keep the addition to turn into a camp. What is the best way to tear this house down? Its an old 2 story company house. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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like 4c said, start at the top removing shingles. then take it apart board by board. starting with the roof , roof rafters ect ect working your way down

if you bought it, a trucker brought it
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I was actually thinking the excavator way of doing it but wasnt sure if people actually did that or not and how much it would cost.

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I'm not sure of the price to rent 1 is, I own my own... It is to lil for your job or I'd come up and do it... I know with a machine I can take a house down in a day and a half... That is separating debris and filling a dumpster... It seems like lots of $$$ but after paying Labor Wages, this is the route to go... If you can separate the burnables from metals all by yourself, versus, a 10 man crew taking week to demo the building...
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1 guy running the excavator.

1 guy watching the excavator and running for coffee.

Cut the building where the addition is joined. Pull it all away from the addition. Get all the wood out of the hole. Bust up the floor in the basement to allow drainage. Throw the top couple feet of the foundation in the hole. Fill with clean back fill. If using construction debris like concrete. Break up into pieces about the size of a volleyball or smaller. Choke the top of that with smaller stone. Give yourself at least a foot of topsoil. Preferably more.

(make sure the utilities are disconnected before you do anything. Cap water and plug sewer. Remove electric meter and service if connected to the section your removing) I assume you live in an rural area, if not you might need to talk to the plumbing inspector before filling the hole.

Should be able to find someone to do it for you for less than 5K if you burn the debris. Renting a machine for 3 or 4 days at 4-500 (approximately) a day is $2k.

Or you can spend the next 2 months doing it by hand.

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What you're going to need is 2 kegs of beer and a dumpster invite neighbors and friends over make a requirement to come a sledge hammer/shovel/sawzall/ and other implements of destruction and tear it down.

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what my neighbor should have done.(local party) he got someone off the internet to take house down for the scrap. (siding, wireing,copper pipe, tin, windows, ect ect) they took the copper and knocked the house down with a skidder. never to return

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Well the good thing about this house is there is no plumbing in it or a basement. It has a crawl space under it with a dirt floor and the foundatins is made from stone. In several places the stone has fallen in and you can see into the crawl space. Ill have to check around and see if I can get some prices on knocking it down. I can take care of the clean up and burning.

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