The Tallyman Shack

Recycling and Salvaging Building Materials

When someone offers you a building for a loony, take it.  Sometimes it can be a bit of work to transport it, but there are always deals to be made.

The Tallyman Shack

The Tallyman Shack is where the scalers and those that keep track of the timbers entering and leaving the log yard have their office - with progress comes change, the the days of the Tallyman Shack were over.

When it became obsolete, the decision was made to demolish it.  We stepped in just in time and offered to remove it.

The shack, originally attached to the side of a large warehouse, is about 16' x 12' so not quite square.

Buildings that have a specific purpose are hard to reuse sometimes, but the salvage inside them can be priceless.

Backing down the road, and into the driveway takes skill...

When the truck arrived, we were ready, and luckily so were the friends that showed up to help unload the Tallyman Shack from the low bed trailer.

It's here! The arrival of the Tallyman Shack on a lowbed trailer

The building had to be precariously jacked up and blocks placed under it to enable Ronnie to drive the lowbed out from underneath.

Blocks are layered one by one to raise the shack high enough to pull the trailer out from beneath was a little shaky, but fortunately, nothing prevented the long trailer successfully pulling away. 

After the truck was out of danger, the blocks were carefully removed to lower the shack to safety.

Blocks had to be added a layer at a time...

Then it's time to take a break and decide on the next step.

As with all jobs that entail heavy, unstable loads, it's important for everyone to be on the same page; safety meetings to discuss the pros and cons of the job are important.

In hindsight we should have checked that there was nothing left on the roof - witnesses claimed to have seen nails flying off onto the highway, but this was never proven.

Safety meetings are commonplace on these kinds of projects - it's half work, half social event...

Our eternal thanks to Ronnie Hancock, the expert driver who backed down the road and into the driveway after a fairly harrowing journey 20 kilometers from Grand Forks on the highway. 

Ronnie, if you're looking down on us, you'll be thrilled to know how many buildings we've constructed with the salvage from this project.

Some of the materials were used to make the roof rafters of the Mercantile, along with the metal which keeps out the rain. Other odds and ends have come in very handy in many of our projects.

The Cost of the Tallyman Shack - a loony exchanges hands...Dave and Mike exchanging a loony

We lost another member of the team in 2017 - Donny 'Haywire' Hayward left us around the time of the Flood in Grand Forks.

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