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Crispy Garage Demo

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by Mark13, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Had a day off from work due to rain the night before so figured I'd help my dad take down a crispy garage at one of our rental houses.

    Before we started when I dropped the bobcat off:
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  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Today just before we started.
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    Cleaned out the contents then started to take the roof off.
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  3. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Another of the roof comming off.
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    Little more progress.
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    Done for the day.
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    Walls will come down Wednesday. If I'm off work which is likely due to rain I'll have pics of that.
    Also have a few more pictures on another camera, those were all from my phone.
     
  4. RCsLawncare

    RCsLawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 459

    Looks like fun!
     
  5. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 5,988

    what happened to the siding on the house... Is that from all the heat off the garage?
     
  6. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Ya, heat from the garage melted all the siding on the back of the house and some on the driveway side, broke the 3 windows right in a row, and melted thru the power lines that were over the garage supplying the house from the back.
     
  7. JohnnyRoyale

    JohnnyRoyale 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,935

    I dont think I'd want to drive a s/s into that burnt up garage,nor stand on the whats left of the roof to take it down. But thats JMO. A 5 ton mini ex and a thumb would have been perfect for that mini demo-but nothing wrong with using what you got either.

    What happened that caused it to go up in flames?
     
  8. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,572

    It looks like somebody at least tried to put it out. I saw the small extinguisher just outside the service door. By than it was most likely a "Box" alarm! Great pics!
     
  9. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    I left the ss parked in it over night and was in and out of the garage a few dozen times with it yesterday. It was supposed to rain and I didn't want a cab full of water. Both my dad and I were up on the roof at one point taking out sections between the rafters. The roof over the garage door opening was very spongy and soft but the other 3 sides were still pretty solid. The building was quite strong yet even though the photo's make it look pretty sketchy. Once my dad (33yr full time firefighter) no longer felt safe on the roof he stood on the cab of the bobcat to take the rest down. It went very smooth and there were no close calls nor did anything happen that we weren't expecting.

    If my dad didn't have a large knowledge of what fire damage will do to a building and what strength the garage had left after the fire I'm sure we would have taken it down a different way. But he felt this way was the best and it worked out really well.

    The cause of the fire was cooking on the grill when some ashes blew into a pile of cardboard inside the garage. Took a while I guess for the cardboard to get going but once it did it didn't take to long to get the rest of the garage contents going.

    Ya, I think at the point the tenants tried to use the fire extinguisher it was way to late. And it was very very windy the day it happened so the fire was getting plenty of air so it got rocking pretty quick.
     
  10. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    dam thats like fun, why didnt you just take the bucket and slowly take the walls down and load it into containers and have it hauled off insead of taking it down piece by piece? i have never done a demo before thats why i ask!
     
  11. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    We didn't want to drive in the grass with as much rain as we have gotten. Didn't want to have to relandscape half the back yard once we were done.
     
  12. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    That looks more like a CASE than a BOBCAT... j/k LOL
     
  13. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    It's a Uni-Loader if you really want to get technical about it. :D

    Normally I call them a Skid or Skid Steer but I originally posted this on another forum where Bobcat would probably be more along their level to know what I was talking about since it seems most generally call them Bobcat's around here no matter what brand it is.

    If it was a tracked machine I could have called it a CTL and really thrown them for a loop.
     
  14. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,733

    why did you do it like that? I woulda just used an ex with thumb and had a dumpster??? seems dangerous to stand up on a roof and drive a machine into that??
     
  15. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    See here:

    Also the bobcat belongs to a friend, we would have needed to rent a mini ex. We did have a dumpster, it was out on the street. The rest of the garage will still end up in a dumpster.
     
  16. the new boss 92

    the new boss 92 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,989

    anymore pictures yet mark?
     
  17. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Ya, theres more but they are on my dads camera wherever that might be.
     
  18. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Unacceptable :realmad:

    :p
     
  19. Skid Mark

    Skid Mark Member
    from ny
    Messages: 81

    you've got a great phone man!
     
  20. PDQ Pete

    PDQ Pete Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    Time to raise the rent.:)