C4 is Perfectly Safe as Long as you use it Properly

Smiths finally take possession of their new home.

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First Stage of Renovation: Demo chimney and two fireplaces.

Day 1…

My nephew, Dan with brother, Shenley, in the backgound

My nephew, Dan with brother, Shenley, in the backgound

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Chris

Dan’s friend, Chris, who’s now working for our roofer, but that’s another blog

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IMG_2003Day 2 of Stage 1, 9:00 A.M… 

Shelley: Shenley, (my brother) Thanks for coming over and helping us. Yesterday was crazy how fast that chimney and first floor fireplace went down. We couldn’t have accomplished so much without your help. You’re the best.

Shenley: No problem. Today should go pretty quickly as well. After we blow through the concrete floor, all that’s left are hollow cinder blocks. John and I’ll take turns using the jack hammer and the chipper.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

9:10 AM…

Shenley: This layer of concrete might take longer than expected.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

9:20 AM…

(Finally a chunk of concrete the size of a small man’s hand breaks off and drops to the first floor)

Shenley: There. Now that we’ve created an opening things should speed up.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

9:30 AM….

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Shenley: I knew our luck was too good to be true. That sucker’s at least 6 inches thick.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

9:40 AM…

Shenley: Why 6 inches?

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

9:50 AM…

Shenley: 6 inches is crazy.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

Clunk! (A second man’s hand size of concrete drops to the first floor)

10:00 AM…

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

10:10 AM…

Clunk! (And a third chunk drops)

Shenley: There. We are on our way.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

10:20 AM…

Shenley: What the? Rebar. Rebar? You’ve got to be kidding me. John, we’re going to have to cut it with the circular saw. Rebar is definitely going to slow us down.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! WHIRRRRRRRR OF CIRULAR SAW! (REPEAT)

10:30 AM…

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! WHIRRRRRRRR OF CIRULAR SAW! (REPEAT)

10:40 AM…

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! WHIRRRRRRRR OF CIRULAR SAW! (REPEAT)

10:50 AM…

Shenley: This is taking forever. New plan. We’ll take out the concrete that covers the rebar, yank out the rebar section by section, continue jack hammering over the fault line until we can break pieces off.

John: Or I can head up to Home Depot and rent a bigger jack hammer.

Shenley: If we do that, I’m afraid the concrete will fly everywhere and damage your house.

RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! RAT A TAT TAT! RAT A TAT TAT! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! (REPEAT)

11:00 AM…

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(Exactly one quarter of the cement and rebar have been removed since 9:00)

Shelley: Hey Shenley. How’s it going?

Shenley: Going? If you asked me how it was going yesterday, I would have said, “Good” despite the fact that the fireplace was basically an 8 by 5 solid chunk of concrete. That we could knock down in no time. But today? Today is a completely different story. See this? That’s rebar.

Rebar!

They could have used mesh. Mesh would have done the same job. Did they use mesh? No. They did not use mesh. Why? Why didn’t they use mesh you may ask? I don’t know. Maybe they thought mesh wasn’t one hundred percent earthquake proof. Because if that’s what they were worried about, mission accomplished. This entire valley could collapse in an earthquake but not this chimney. Oh no. No siree. This chimney would stand tall and proud amongst all of the rubble. Not one freakin’ brick would have shifted because of this rebar.

Not.

A.

One.

What we need is C4.

Shelley: C4? What’s C4?

Shenley: A plastic explosive.

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We used it in the military all of the time. It’s relatively risk free and highly malleable so we can control the direction of the explosion. Why are you looking at me like that? C4 is perfectly safe as long as you use it properly.

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5:30 PM Done!

5:30 PM Done!

Thank you everyone who’s been reading. We’ve been insanely busy but I promise to respond to your comments as soon as I can.

Shelley and John

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28 thoughts on “C4 is Perfectly Safe as Long as you use it Properly

  1. Whoa – that’s a pretty manly remodeling project you have going on there! If my husband tried to pick me up he’d end up in the hospital!

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  2. Somehow, I envision adolescent grins on John & Shenley’s faces with the C4! I hope they sought input from your parents first!

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  3. You guys are crazy… but you knew that. Any fingers lost to the Chop Saw? Oh what… there would have been a blog.

    Good luck… can’t wait to see the finished product.

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  4. Applesauce! Life is always a live and death adventure around you Shelley. Military explosives… (shakes head…) Nothing boring about a renovation now. 😀 I already thought the house was great. I’m sure it’s going to be spectacular by the time you’ve put your personal stamp on it. Hugs!

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    • Ha! Ha! Can you imagine if I’d have let him? Thanks for believing we can do this. Racing to finish before wedding guests get here. I need to get back to your site when I have a spare five minutes. I’m thinking all is dusted and done? Don’t tell. I’ll get there eventually.

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  5. Lol, I echo an earlier comment, that is a manly project if I’ve ever seen one! So glad everyone made it through in one piece.

    Ps, hubs is now hooked on your blog too…you know, power tools and all…

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