A Dirty Job Done

 Posted by at 12:35 am  Nick's Blog
Feb 042024

Our son Travis and I knew that cleaning all the debris out from tearing the extra room down in the barn was going to be a dirty job, and we were right. But as Larry the Cable Guy says, we Got-R-Done. But though it was a dirty job, it actually went easier than we expected.

We took the advice of several blog readers and got a couple of respirator masks to protect our lungs. They definitely helped a lot, because after the day of tearing things down with just N95 masks, we both had irritated throats the next day.

This is what the room looked like when we started yesterday, full of debris from tearing the wall and ceiling down.

We started by separating the lumber into what could be recycled for projects Travis plans at his house and what was going to go to the dump. I backed our 14-foot cargo trailer up to the concrete apron at the back of the garage to load it with everything that was going to be taken to the landfill.

We decided that the easiest way to do things was to use the Kubota tractor’s bucket to load everything and put it in the trailer. Since Travis has a more precise hand for things like that, I left that job to him while I used a shovel and broom to help get the bucket as full as possible.

It was tight quarters maneuvering the tractor inside the trailer, but he did a fine job of it, and before we knew it, we had the room cleaned out.

With that done, we used the Yard Glider, towed by the Mule, to haul the rest of the wood from the hay sheds down to put in the trailer.
While we did that, we found seven old truck tires buried in the thick brush next to where the hay sheds were. We used the tractor to get them out and loaded them into the trailer, too. By the time we were done, it was about as full as it was going to be.

There are still some dead electrical wires that are dangling in the room that I will cut down, but it looks a lot better than it did when we started the day. Thanks for all your help, son. I couldn’t have done it without you.

The weatherman says we have a lot of rain coming in today, with predicted accumulations of up to an inch, and the temperature is going to be in the low to mid 40s. It sounds like a good writing day to me.

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And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Opportunities are never lost. Someone else will take the ones you miss.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

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