The Barricade

In Les Miserables the rebels pledged themselves to hold the barricade.

"The barricade saint-Antoine was monstrous, it was three storeys high and seven hundred feet long. " Victor Hugo
“The barricade saint-Antoine was monstrous, it was three storeys high and seven hundred feet long. ” Victor Hugo

I, on the other hand, pledge to tear down this barricade just outside the master bedroom French doors at The Glade.

There is a wooden barricade on the outside of the master bedroom's French doors.
There is a wooden barricade on the outside of the master bedroom’s French doors.

Even though the deck has not yet been built nor a railing erected, the French door barricade makes egress from this room in case of an emergency difficult. (I would need a ladder to get over the barricade.)

The barricade is just visible at the French doors on the deck above the conservatory
The barricade is just visible at the French doors on the deck above the conservatory

I climbed out onto the balcony to see just how the barricade was held on. (Could have been with screws which is what I expected.)

Viewed from a window in the back bedroom the barricade appears solid but  surmountable.
Viewed from a window in the back bedroom the barricade appears solid but surmountable.

Instead it was pinned with staples or pneumatic finish nails.

Although there are lots of pins the 2 by 4 easily surrendered to a few hits from a hammer.
Although there are lots of pins the 2 by 4 easily surrendered to a few hits from a hammer.

I went back inside and began to bang it with the heaviest hammer I could lift.

The barricade is halfway gone.
The barricade is halfway gone.

Free at last!

Before -- a view from the prison cell.
Before — a view from the prison cell.
After - a view from the room.
After – a view from the room.

Are you a careful dismantler? Or a hammer and crow bar barbarian?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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