Friday, August 10, 2007

You Will be the First Against the Wall When the Revolution Comes

Days later, and I'm still schleping shingles from the yard into the dumpster. Who'd have known there were so many shingles on one roof?! The front, back, and one side are 100% done, leaving one small side to do tomorrow. The 20 yard dumpster is closing in on being 1/2 full - it's pretty much one solid mass of shingles now. If the old shingles weigh as much as the new ones, I'll probably end up with around 10,000 pounds of shingles in there (based on the weight of the 71 bundles which were just installed, coming in at around 5,400 pounds). The more time I spend in the backyard removing shingles (and lots and lots and lots of nails) the more I can't wait to get rid of the old shed which came with the house. It's got a swing-in door, meaning that about 1/3 of the room inside is wasted since you need to leave room for the door to open. It's also got a flat roof, which is pretty much the polar-opposite of a good idea here in Wisconsin. The 2 x 4 roof framing is rotting from years of leaks, and the thing is painted a wonderful shade of red which matches absolutely nothing else on our property. Well, that burning bush in front of it matches the shed for a few weeks a year, but that's not a good enough reason to keep it. After the shingles are all loaded up and we take a last sweep for nails, I'm going to break out Mr. Reciprocating Saw and cut that fvcker up. We'll be stuck with the old concrete pad from it until we get money to replace the patio, but at least we won't have an ugly shed 15' from the back door. Oh yeah, it was built 15' from the house instead of way back in the corner of the yard like normal people would do. When I look out one of our bedroom windows, the side of the shed is about 75% of my view. Nice....

2 comments:

Fargo 1928 said...

Has anyone ever asked if you have indoor plumbing? 'cause that shed looks a lot like an outhouse! At least you have a shed, I'm not sure where I'm going to keep my lawn mower! The basement?

Muskego Jeff said...

I may act like the occasional knuckle-dragging freak, but I have been blessed with TWO indoor commodes. This shed is actually smaller than our full bath, and if I were to put my push mower inside (my rider wouldn't fit through the door) I would have room left only for rakes and shovels which could be stood on end.

If you (or anybody else) want it, come get it. Free of charge! :)