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Once the siding and south addition were removed, we started the rafter and ridgepole removal. As we progressed, we selectively stripped the building of its sheathing. We did this in phases, as the wide sheathing boards were partially responsible for the building's structural integrity. So many post bases and plate ends were rotted or missing that we had to add bracing in a few places; more was added to the rafters themselves.
The ridgepole had some damage near the south end, so we sandwiched the deteriorated area with 2x6.
As rafters were removed, we laid them over the front plates; this allowed for a place to put the 40-foot ridgepole so we could adjust the straps.
The last bit of demolition gave us another hidden extra as exciting as the 'slaughter table' we found the second week. We had removed one layer of the three (!!!?) that composed the workroom floor, and had seen the end of a very thick chestnut timber holding up the flooring as an improvised joist. As Ken removed the last layers, he hollered at me.
"You're not gonna believe this!" he called. I looked and saw a round hole in the 20" x 20" timber being revealed.
"It's got a hole!" I said. "Wonder what it was for?"
"Like I said, you're not gonna believe it!"
When he pulled the last boards off, he revealed not one but three holes.
And two of them were threaded.
It was a frame for a large press, likely for cider. The remaining 'joists' were other members of the press, and though it was incomplete, it was pretty impressive.
We brought it back and I hope we'll eventually make some of the missing pieces, but who knows? It may be milled into a mantle somewhere. Hopefully the threaded holes will be prominently displayed.
Banding the sheathing, flooring, roofers, and timbers in preparation for transport to Rhode Island.
40-foot flatbed partially loaded; note the railroad ties as dunnage. The lull's ability to tilt its forks gave out the second to the last day, so we needed tall dunnage and strong backs.
Monday, April 21, 2014
Shed in winter; note the height of the plowed snow