First, let me tell you a tale of destruction…

We continued to remove the windows from the chalet…

…and then Mike popped up to check what the roof was made of whilst we considered how best to bring it all down.

Julie was in charge of processing the rotten plywood coming out of the chalet…

… whilst Mike and Yvonne turned their attention to removing more internal walls from the chalet.

When they had cleared to the half way point, Mike relaxed for a moment…

…and then put in some borrowed Acrows (thanks again, Stuart) and knocked out the last of the end walls to destabilise things before…

…pulling away the Acrows one by one…

…until the roof came down. Shame about the angle at which it came to rest, but not bad for a first attempt.

Shaun popped out to see this historic moment, and to offer the benefit of his considered opinion whilst Mike set about the metal covering the roof with the reciprocating saw – known here as the wrecking saw.

Once we had removed the metal, we took aware the wooden supports, leaving just the floor remaining for this side of the chalet.

Then it was time to do it all again – but this time we put the Acrows in earlier…

…to enable us to remove the end walls safely…

…and after the second end was removed, it was time to pull it all down…

And yes, I confirm, that after waiting five years to remove that chalet, it really was as much fun as it looked to pull it down! And, better yet…

…this time, it was all lying flat, so much easier to work on…

…although Foss still kept a careful eye on the proceedings.

Once the roof was off, we started on the -really very rotten – floor.

With Julie still stocking the fire, and Yvonne and Mike levering the plywood floor off the joists, it was my job to cut the joists off the trailer chassis with the wrecking saw.

Here we are, nearly finished…

…and now just the chassis remains (with lots of junk below it)…

…plus quite a pile of ash, naturally.

Today Niall arrived to start cutting up the chassis – as he has metal cutting gear that Mike can only dream of…

…into discrete piles which he has taken away to recycle.

But no – this is not all we did this week – with the extra two pairs of willing hands, and wonderful weather, we have yet more to share with you in my next post!

2 thoughts on “First, let me tell you a tale of destruction…

    1. Absolutely – it was such a great moment when the last of the roof hit the dust. We still have a lt of clearing up to do, but at least the area looks rather better now when guests arrive!

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