Day 29: Dumpster Days

As the piles of rubble mount we reached a point where we actually couldn’t demo anymore until we had some place to move it all.  Enter THE DUMPSTER.  We’ve never done a project that required renting a big ass dumpster before so we didn’t quite know what to expect.  Like any good child of the technology age, we googled how big of a dumpster should we get.  One site equated typical size to pickup truck loads of junk.  The City of Cleveland offers a variety of roll-off dumpster and trash compactors at pretty reasonable prices.  Roll offs are basically giant metal boxes that show up on a flatbed truck.  They literally tip the truck bed and roll the dumpster back into your driveway on big metal track wheels using a wench and chains.  Dumpsters are measured in cubic yards and the city offers them from 10 to 40 cubic yards.  I couldn’t conceptualize what a cubic yard looks like, let alone the difference between 20 and 40 cubic yards.  All the dumpsters are about 8 feet wide and about 6 feet tall.  The difference in sizes comes down to length.  Our initially guesstimate was we’d need a 20 yard dumpster.  Some sage advice we received from Em’s mom and her fiance was to always get a bigger dumpster than you think you’ll need because you’ll use it up.  So on that premise, we contracted a 30 yard for a week.  Em did a great job dealing with the city and Monday morning a flatbed truck rolled up with a dumpster.  It was incredible to watch driver maneuver the dumpster into the drive.  Our driveway is roughly 10 ft wide with our house and the neighbor’s being right against the asphalt.  I wouldn’t have been surprised if part of the porch got clipped, but it slid in smooth and easy.  Now we have a dumpster instead of a driveway.  It’s HUGE.

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About Nathan

Originally from central Florida (near Orlando), I've lived in the Cleveland area since 2008. When I'm not caught up in the life project de jure, I paint, sculpt, play games (mostly board games and video games), and run a small hobby import/export business.

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