Who would have ever thought that demolition would be so entertaining? Laurie, Susan and I spent all morning into the early afternoon watching, photographing and filming the demolition of the houses. Victor “The Redecorator” is extremely talented with the backhoe. He would take out large portions of roofs and walls, and then pick through the rubble to separate out the cement and block, wood worth saving and metal from the rubble. One of the most amazing things they did, using the backhoe and the front-end loader together, was to fold up a 10′ x 40′ iron trailer frame into a 10′ x 10′ x 3′ mass of steel, and set it aside for recycling.
After the casita went down, I went inside and worked on replacing the water heater. After six hours of sweaty, frustrating, to the point of maddening, labor, we have a new hot water heater. We got almost 30 years out of the old one. After no less than four trips to Lowe’s, we also have an extensively reworked hot and cold water distribution system, and shut-offs to the bathtub, which will make life a little easier when I install a new tub.