Renovation Step Two:
What to do while waiting for the roofing materials to be delivered?
Step one: Remove the oil tank
Jason’s crew should have moved right into shingling the roof once the sheathing was on – but out of the blue I decided to listen to my first instincts and not use asphalt shingles. Unfortunately, all my best purist restoration intentions had to be set aside when it came to the roof. Reverting back to the original cedar shakes used when it was built in 1928 was far too expensive- high cost of materials and high labor cost as well. In an impulsive mid stream switch (and really…. it was Will’s first choice which I vehemently resisted) we decided to go for a clean and modern look by installing a metal roof which naturally turned out to be more costly in material than the cedar, but far less to install. Suddenly the expense didn’t seem to matter when we considered the roof life span, the potential discoloration from sunlight and weather, and maintenance. Jason checked on the availability of the metal roof and it turned out we had a ten-day waiting period before the roof materials could be delivered.
Will had worked hard in the basement removing the furnace and a lot of the old disintegrating pipes for water, sewer and so forth. We had no idea how much oil had been left in the tank and assumed that it was not much at all, considering the cottage had been condemned and uninhabited for years. Will rigged a hose from the tank to drain into a 50-gallon plastic drum and much to his surprise, managed to fill it in no time. This meant two things- we had no way to continue to drain what remained in the tank- its was clearly too much for us to dispose of, and therefore Will would not be able to cut the oil tank into sections to remove from the basement.
Of course there was also the fact that this should all be done according to the Massachusetts EPA rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets down regulations–based on laws passed by Congress—that guard the health and well being of U.S. citizens. Federal and state governments make oil tank removal laws for underground storage tanks (USTs), while the states make most of the laws for above-ground storage tanks (ASTs). Each state has its own environmental agency(s) and, under the guidance of the EPA, regulates the environmental impact of petroleum storage containers.
We hired Miller’s Petroleum http://www.millerspetroleum.com/ to have the oil tank removed.
They arrived bright an early on a frigid cold morning to do the removal. On the average an AST (above ground storage tank) takes about four hours. The standard basement tank holds about 275 gallons. Miller’s Petroleum pumped out the remaining oil and transferred to a holding tank in their truck. The lines were purged and removed, and the pipes cut and removed. The tank was then cut into pieces, cleaned and then removed in sections. Everything is then sealed and inspected by the fire department before the tank can be disposed of at a licensed steel recycling facility.
I wonder if our oil tank will be reincarnated? I read somewhere they come back as trucks…
Step two: In the interim Jason’s crew began framing for the new windows and doors.
aka “the money shot”