Demo Videos

by J Scott on June 18, 2014

The first day of demo was a success. The demo company got the house down in about 2 hours and then spent most of the rest of the day putting debris in dumpsters. By the end of the day, they were tearing up the basement foundation walls and the concrete slab, though there’s still a ways to go in getting it all out of the hole and into dumpsters.

Here are a couple time-lapse videos from today’s demo:

From the Dropcam camera in the front of the house (just the main house demo):

From the GoPro camera in the back of the house (full day of demo):

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Paul Danieli June 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Awesome! The addition of the 2nd camera really makes big difference. Thanks so much for doing this. It’s like a college education on home construction. I love it!

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J Scott June 18, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Thanks Paul! I hope you’ll share the site with anyone you think might be interested…

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george p. June 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

well…. that’s not entirely accurate, but it’s great to watch nonetheless!! πŸ™‚

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J Scott June 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Hey George – What’s not accurate???

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george p. June 19, 2014 at 3:36 pm

that it’s like “college education”. this will be like watching a TV show. you see things, but you dont know how it will be done. you dont know where the foundation piers go and how they are tied. you dont know if you will butt the headers or if you will use foam gasket between the concrete and the plates. this will be a copy of the DYI show with Brian Baeumler, he built his own house and documented the project. it was great and he was actually working on it.

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Paul Danieli June 19, 2014 at 10:32 pm

That sounds like a lot of detail that might put me to sleep. Much like college, so I guess you’re right. I am more interested in the contractor bids, the permits, and the timeline. I don’t see this as a copy of anything I have seen before.

Christina R June 18, 2014 at 11:10 pm

I love seeing the footage from the back camera! I can’t stop laughing, though, while watching this because it’s like this time=elapse is on steroids or something – blink and it’s done! It was awesome to see it this morning and my girls loved it (and Lish, who is extremely well behaved on a construction site!). Thanks for letting us be there!

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Michael Eden June 19, 2014 at 10:59 am

Absolutely brilliant. Living vicariously thru you at this point as I’ve been living overseas for the past 5 years and can’t play with my houses day to day.

Did you get access to the neighbor’s broadband connection or how did you sort out connectivity for the Dropcam?

Mike

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J Scott June 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

Thanks Michael! The Dropcam is actually physically located in the upstairs bedroom window of our neighbor/friend across the street (we then use the digital zoom on the Dropcam to get a closer-up view). So, it has access to power and wifi through my friend’s house…

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Michael Jobe June 19, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Great footage J! I’m loving the multiple angles and the time-lapse video. Did they let you take a swing with that bulldozer? Did you guys keep anything at all from the demolished house?

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J Scott June 19, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Hey Michael,

We had a big turnout at the demo yesterday — a lot of people brought their kids. During a break, the machine operator spent about 30 minutes letting each of the kids sit on his lap and move some debris using the arm and scoop. Kids loved it, but by the time they were done, he was ready to get back to work, so I didn’t get my own chance. A little bummed about that, but I probably would have done something stupid, anyway… πŸ™‚

We actually lived in the house for several months before we tore it down, so we have some mementos. From the demo, I took a single brick, and I’ll figure out a place to incorporate it into the new build. Just a little piece of history to carry forward…

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george p. June 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

btw, the back view was better!

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J Scott June 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm

George – Agreed about the back view…that camera is closer and better quality for this kind of stuff…

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Rick June 23, 2014 at 6:50 pm

That was Awesome!

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David Thomas June 24, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Great stuff J! As always thanks for sharing an inside view as a successful investor. Your contributions are outstanding and thescottpad.com is another great example.
I look forward to connecting with you next month at our NYC meetup.

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Jon October 12, 2014 at 12:02 am

Wow! if only it could happen as fast as in the video.

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