I was living in a small town in Northern Ireland at the end of last year when I noticed that the house I had lived in for almost three decades was in disrepair.
It was a house of four stories, but its facade was a thin layer of concrete and woodwork that was so thin I couldn’t even see through it.
I decided to get rid of it.
After all, if I had to do it again, I would do it in a completely different style.
The first step in that process was to remove the frame.
The frame itself had to be removed from the building.
I found a way to attach a metal bracket that supported the front facade and the two doors on either side of it and attached it to the frame, so that I could attach a piece of aluminium sheeting to the front of the house and a piece to the door.
Then I took the frame down.
There was still plenty of wood underneath the frames, so I was still going to have to cut it down.
I had no idea how many pieces of metal were required, but I knew I had more than enough for about a dozen houses.
So I went to the local recycling company and bought five tons of scrap metal.
I was a bit nervous, because I didn’t want to waste the steel.
But then I remembered that scrap metal is cheap, and I started to pay attention to the amount of metal that had been recycled.
The metal was mostly old copper pipes, and it was all very clean, except for the copper wire in the middle of the pipe.
And there were some bits of glass, which I assumed had some water damage, but they weren’t anything to worry about.
So when I got back to the house, the metal was gone, the copper was gone.
The only thing that was left was the frame and the wooden door, and they were both intact.
A couple of weeks later I went back to inspect the house.
I noticed the old copper was still intact and I realised that there was nothing that could be done about it.
So, I went straight to the company that recycled copper, and the man they asked me for advice was a really nice man, and he told me to cut the metal from the front.
And I did.
He gave me some tools to use, and after a few hours, he had it all done.
It took two hours, and all of it was done in about an hour.
I thought, that’s a lot of work.
But it was a lot cheaper than a replacement frame.
Now I was getting back on the path of repairing my own home.
I have no idea why I had chosen that route, but it seems to have paid off.
I’ve done it twice.
If I ever had a replacement house, I wouldn’t do it this way.
It would take a little bit of time to put it together, but eventually it would be back to its original condition.