The Destructive Nature of Water

Rotten Joist

This is why we had to pull up the floor the the carriage house: the roof had leaked for some long period of time and the floor joists were absolutely shot. The roof no longer leaks but the damage has been done. Also… These were 2x10s going across a 24 foot span! This floor would have been pretty flexible when new and at this point it could barely support one or two people.

It’s Gunna Rain

It’s been raining for a while here in Troy. We weren’t going to move around our cement rubble (from our last project) in the resulting mud so we turned to an indoor project: Removing the 2nd floor from the carriage house! Half of this project was done several years ago by a previous owner.

Hydraulic Jackhammer

I was a little scared of the electric jackhammer the first time I used it…. well. that wore off. Here is something bigger and scarier. Turns out, you can rent one of these machines with almost no questions asked – ok, they asked some questions, “where are we delivering this?” “Should we include the bucket?” oh. and… “so, have you ever used one of these before?”


The driver told me to operate it “balls to the wall,” a phrase I haven’t heard in about 10 years. He was right, the jackhammer got seriously destructive at full throttle… of course this makes for pretty twitchy controls.

I think we managed to irritate the whole block running this thing at 10am on a Saturday. But. that’s how Troy is. It snuggles into its overstuffed couch for the winter. Then it emerges, pent up, with a long list of projects in May.