Two loads to the dump and a pile of rubble in the basement corner later, phase one, the cleaning of the storage area has been completed. Bradley, my six year old grandson, helped with the cleaning. Of course there were treasures galore to be found in the deep dark confines of grandpa's basement shelves. It's the first time he was allowed in the basement and he was like a kid on steroids. Everything was a facination. He finally went into overload and had to go back upstairs for a time to recover. If it was up to him everything in the basement would be in the living room.
Here's my meager stash for this year. Not much to brag about but it is a start. One step toward a food storage area filled with harvest or locally grown food. You can even see a bottle of home made wine from 35 years ago way back in the corner. I'm afraid to open the bottle for fear of what exactly I will find. It's the last of many bottles brewed way back in the early 1970s.
I will be putting the new wall on the left side of the steel beam. Anyone see an issue with that? Yup, that's right the shelf structure is a bit too long. One of my many changes will be the shortening of the shelf structure. The old Black and Decker saw will have to rip off a end section but first I'm thinking that I really need to install a ceiling light with a switch first. Insulation and drywall on the ceiling will come next. My plan is to start at the top and work my way down to the floor.