I like to count things. Our ex-contractor has been kind enough to share some numbers with me about the clean up, and now I'm sharing them with you:
- Most of the days there were 8 to 10 laborers working on the cleanup and demolition
- In total there were 21 different people working on cleanup and demolition
- filled up 3 – 20 yard and 7 - 40 yard dumpsters
- We hauled away 5240 lbs of ferrous material were recycled, the procedes of which will pay for all the construction costs.
- found approximately 30 golf clubs and 50 fishing poles
- The prior occupants were really into lapidary and we uncovered 6 tumbler/rock cutting machines
- There were “tons” of beautiful examples of Igneous rocks found in and around the compound. They included crystalline quartz druzy, agate chalcedony, silica formations and microcrystalline quartz jasper.
- There were 5 or 6 beams from a local KFC behind the garage.
In an earlier post, the second day into the clean up, I estimated we'd use five 40 yard bins and three 20 yard bins and end up with 2,400 cubic feet of shit to throw away. I was two 40 yard bins short on my estimate so we ended up with about 3,100 cubic feet of trash. This is approximately the same volume as a 53' semi trailer you see being hauled down the road.
I like my estimates to be off a bit so I don't get them confused with reality.
The details about rocks, fishing poles and golf clubs are just a sample of what was found. Jenny and I had to make a conscious decision to NOT keep anything. We made a few exceptions, like an old school desk (you can read that old-school or old school, it works either way) that Jenny is having her friend Dee rehabilitate as desk for Lil, but for the most part, we just let it all go. Why? because where do you stop? The previous owner Jim wasn't crazy, he just had a touch of hoarder, and I wasn't sure if that condition was contagious. I didn't feel right about sorting through his stuff and deciding what was keepable. It felt better to throw it away for him. His immortal soul is lighter now.
It took a lot of people to get through this initial work. Our ex-contractor uses their own employees to act as foreman but contracts the labor out. There were a lot of guys from a half-way type house working on the crew and we felt good about providing them some work.
As a testament to how wonderful my wife is, when I would show up at the job site, everyone but the foreman would pretty much ignore me. When Jenny would show up, every one of those guys was happy to see her, smiled big and warmly interacted with her. Not because she's hawt but because she's loving and sweet and they could tell she cared about them. I like to watch her work a room. I try to pull that off at my job sometimes but it mostly leads to an awkward.
Also, I lied about the ferrous material recycling paying for the construction costs.