Salvaging Timber Flooring

PC and Team have spent days over the last three weeks salvaging timber flooring for our extensions.  Our local Convent (to the right, Church is in the background) is dismantling their old School (picture taken from the School looking out over the rooftops.) Remember my find of blackboards and corkboards?

During that visit it occurred to PC that under the carpets lay timber, sitting on concrete floors.  We inquired, researched and made a bid which was accepted.  The job that now lay ahead was to ‘rip up’ five large rooms of yellow box, which we will then lay in our new extensions.

First they had to roll up the carpets and move them out of the rooms.

Then all the staples had to be pulled out, which fell to Koala and Michelangelo.

   One time consuming part was starting from the edge of each    room.

PC as inventive as ever, was sure there was an easier way to lift floorboards than just using crowbars.  He made an invention that not only saved time but increased salvage rate. These were so successful he welded several more through the weeks.

Part of the team worked on lifting the boards.

Others teams worked on removing the nails.

Jelly Bean was keen to help and spent a morning being part of the team.

First room is completed!  A good day’s work.

Second room being smaller didn’t take long. 

Working in tandem lifting the boards and de-nailing as they go.

Princess impressed us with her willingness to work for days on end.

Once again we were so proud of the children, they were valuable members of the Team.

Timber stack begun, piling higher now.
One more room to go and then another challenge…removing the boards from the second floor.

11 thoughts on “Salvaging Timber Flooring

  • November 23, 2010 at 4:29 am

    Did you hear my jaw drop? Just for the record, I am impressed and envious. Showing this post to my hubby and sons 😀 — thanks for sharing!

  • November 23, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Oh how much work there has been done already. how impressive

  • November 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    Why ladies, thank you for such lovely words:) I just keep smiling when I read your comments.

    Stef and Mrs B,
    Great to 'see' you over here:)

  • November 23, 2010 at 10:49 pm


    Make sure you keep these photos for their resumes. Can you imagine some of the list on Mariah's resume at 15 for instance:

    Position's Held
    Demolition Worker
    Construction Worker … and the list goes on and on and on… Wow!

    These children could give team talks in schools. The Dept. of Ed. could employ them to go around the country giving motivation talks, lol.

    Well done Children.

  • November 26, 2010 at 6:42 am

    Dear Erin,
    Reminds me of the 'glory days' here when we were doing such projects.
    Love the team work and the building of relationships. ON a job site these are memories and character building roles that last forever

  • December 6, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Very true Gae, lifetime memories.

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