The next section contained some rather sturdy shelves that needed to be removed. They were stoutly constructed with a 2x4 frame for each shelf and 3/4 plywood for shelf tops. I grabbed my crowbar and quickly discovered whatever evil had built this shelving unit used 3 inch twist shank nails. The 2x4s may as well have been welded together. Removing the first few pieces of framing took almost all my effort...
While I really wanted to salvage as much wood as possible for reuse, I now just wanted to chop it up into tiny pieces with my cordless circular saw. Cooler heads prevailed and with my crowbar, hammer and a bottle of ibuprofen for later, I set to work.
|WHY twist nails :(|
|Top two shelves removed|
|Done for the night, the kid is in bed.|
I discovered the bottom shelf was hiding a treasure trove of dust bunnies, cobwebs, dead spiders and bugs, a piece of plastic junky railroad track, one red hockey puck and the head of a giant pincer beetle.
Tearing it all out will also be a great opportunity to paint the last section of basement wall and that little bit of exposed floor. The new shelves I plan to install under the layout section will keep that floor open for easier cleaning.
Tomorrow I'll finish up with the last few pieces and start painting, assuming I can move my shoulders or arms.