The first thing we did was to look the silo over thoroughly.
When we restore on an old building, or as in this case, when we take one down, we want to get to know the building first… to see how she how she was built, and to find out what condition she is in.
Here on this silo we spent a good bit of time inspecting the base of the silo. If we were to find a couple of bad courses on one side of this structure, it would be no different than taking a notch out of the base of tree… the whole thing could come crashing down at any moment.
And, riding one of these silos down to the ground, while working up on top, could ruin a person’s day.
We also spent some time pulling down all the vines that had grown up the structure… and there was plenty of them, as you can see in the photos. Vine growth can quickly lead to rot on wood structures.
We were pleased to find that these vines hadn’t created any damage. And, our base inspection concluded that everything was still solid and sound.
It was time to climb to the top and begin our work…
Originally posted 2015-05-03 18:38:41.