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Old 10/11/04, 09:29 PM
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Old house for lumber

I guess i should have posted this before I started but :waa: I am in the process of tearing down and old house that we use to rent out. The foundation got real bad and we can't sell the lot with the house on it. They want 4000.00 dollars to bring in the heavy equitment and remove the stuff. I decided to do it my self because I need a barn on the homestead. My question is can I do it alone, how can I store the lumber as I take it down and also will I be able to use the old oak rafters and wall boards. This house was built around 1920 and has been added on 2 or 3 time. Do you think the lumber will be worth the trouble?? Thanks for all replys and pray for me !!!!
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Old 10/11/04, 09:59 PM
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The old lumber is hard to nail. It will split or bend nails often. Might have to predrill to nail. I wold not do it. More trouble then it is worth. Take what you want and pay to get the rest removed.
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Old 10/11/04, 10:34 PM
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Pay my eye. Plenty of people will take the house down for you just for the lumber, especially if the house has old wood siding. I took down a 1910 vintage building in our area and make the most beautiful dining tables out of the 2x6 floor and ceiling joists. The 2x4's built my sheep barn and the siding I use for either tables or for picture frames. Wood of this quality sells for about 5-8 bucks a board foot around here.
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Old 10/11/04, 10:48 PM
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I agree with Yucca, but you don't know what you got, till you get there. You will need space to store it, so plan ahead. If you don't have a bank as a partner, you can go at your own pace. Whether you find a use or sell the wood, it has great value. The furniture value won't be clear until you get the wood off the structure. You also could hire some locals to help. Find a local bar and go for a drink every once in awhile. Make your project known and you will find someone to help for a reasonable price. I would bet you can find hard workers for 10$ an hour. A crew of experienced construction guys can do a lot in a day. It would be a great help if you had a tractor, but for 4000 you can rent equipment and a crew and still have cash left. The wood may not be suitable for a barn, but you could either sell it or trade it.
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Old 10/12/04, 12:10 AM
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If it was only wood it might be worth it. Probably several layers of shingles, lead paint, asbestos siding or insulation. No fun peeling linoleum, tile, carpet, plaster etc. Going to be a lot of dumpsters of trash with that wood. I could not get good help for $10/HR. Perhaps you could give it away but they are not going to take the foundation and all the trash. I'd like to hear how it works out for you.
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Old 10/12/04, 12:25 AM
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I was talking with a someone, and they said they sold one of there out buildings on e-bay, to be removed by the buyer. Why not! Right?
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Old 10/12/04, 07:56 AM
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Not to confuse the issue for you, but, you'll have to be the judge on the quality of the salvaged wood versus the time/effort to get it out. The other posters bring up a number of good points to consider. It really depends too, on whether you have the patience and strength physically to deal with an ongoing project like this.
A few weeks ago, coming back from town, I stopped at a home nearby, where the owners had items lying in the front yard for sale. In the process of purchasing an old storm door, I was chatting with the lady. She mentioned an old corn crib barn (small) that was an eyesore to her and her husband that they wanted to be rid of, and my antennae went wild. I asked to see this structure, and she walked me to it. She casually mentioned that anyone who showed interest in salvaging it eventually never bothered. AND, that she had recently called the local fire dept. to have it burned. Oh no! To shorten this story, my hubby tore this building down, piece by piece, every pegged timber.
We burned the ruined rotted stuff, but, salvaged oak and such boards 12 inches wide and up to 2 inches thick. Well enough to build a 20 x 12 coop and plenty more high quality boards to plane and finish for indoor projects, and hand hewn timbers that are beautiful. To be able to look at the craftsmanship that whoever built this thing,,,,,well, it is marvelous. The barn on their property was built in 1881, so it's a guess that the crib may have been constructed at the same time....... you'll not find such a treasure but rarely...... I digress
Point is, todays lumber prices, and quality cannot compare with what is available in old structures and IMHO, tis a good idea to consider tearing down the old house......good luck and be very careful of nails......yep, someone stepped on one........Margo
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Old 10/12/04, 10:44 AM
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If someone offers to take it down pay them like 500$ but not till its down and gone. It's worth the money and they will never complete the job if you don't pay them something.

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Old 10/12/04, 11:09 AM
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We also took down a building that was scheduled to be burned by the fire department. It was a 75 year old barn turned garage, all knotty pine. A lot went in the burn pile. Some went to furniture. Quite a bit went into my chicken house/rabbit barn. We still have some left, too.

My parents built their barn out of salvaged lumber from an old army barracks they bought on auction. They were given a time limit to have the lot cleared to the ground. At the end of the time limit, if you weren't done, the army paid to have it cleared, and you got the bill.

If you decide to sell it for removal, perhaps a written contract with a time limit and clean-up specifications would be wise.

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Old 10/12/04, 05:08 PM
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Because it is Oak it will be hard getting Nails out of,and putting Nails in.I can get Green Oak which is easier to work with for .38 a board foot.

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Old 10/12/04, 05:30 PM
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Don't try to get the nails out! Just pull/pry on the board until you get a big enough crack to get a saws all in.And cut the nails off leaving them in.Much easier! These nails if that old are very hard nothing like todays nails,there also most likely 20penny and larger! Get a pack of (good quality!!) metal cutting blades and they will run right threw them.

The value of this old aged wood just keeps going up.Check around you can probably sell it for enough to buy new wood!
You should see how pretty they are after they have went threw a board plainer!

Just be careful Ive heard of a many a people getting hurt tearing down old buildings.Crushed as it fell on them unsuspectingly!

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Old 10/12/04, 08:33 PM
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25 1by 12 in knottty pine boards, 26 pine 2 by 4s 16 feet long lost of 1 by 3 tongue and grove cealing boards a few 2by 6 oak ceiling joist 12 feet long lost of alimunum siding some of the rafters are 16 feet long 2 by 6s new pine wood no time limit yet There is a lot of 1 by up to 16 in popular boards behind the sheet rock Lots of 1 by 4 pine (it had a drop ceiling wish me luck and thanks for all the advice. I need a barn bad. Anyone know how to get the oak tongue and grove flooring up it is like 1 in wide short pcs.
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Old 10/13/04, 09:33 AM
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well i've torn down many homes and built two out of the 7 i torn down. i'll give you the inside scoop. first thing you do is remove all the ground floor flooring.they make a special crow bar for removing the flooring but can't think of the name of it, works great though. i think you can still get them from lehmans catalog. after you remove the flooring start taking the plaster off and letting everything fall into the basement, work your way up letting everything fall into the basement. when you get to the roof lett the shingles fall into the basement. start taking down the structal walls from the top down. when you are done either burn the basement material or cover with a bulldozer
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Old 10/13/04, 09:41 PM
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Today I got 16 1 by 4 16 feet long pine 8 2 by 4s 14 feet long losts of crown molding 8 2 by 6 ceiling joist oak and a nail in my foot :waa:
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Old 10/14/04, 12:53 AM
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Are you up on your tetanus shots?

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