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Ryobi tools help rebuild after fire


W3metalfab
W3metalfab
W3metalfab
W3metalfab

The project stems from The Moccasin Hill Fire in Sprague River, Oregon 7/13/14. An extremely fast moving forest fire destroyed 2500+ acres and approximately 50 structures including 17 dwellings. Thankfully, due to the quick action of neighbors and firefighter there were no human fatalities.
One picture is a view from my kitchen. Friends of ours that live in the fire area were lucky not to lose their home due to their diligence of maintaining a fire defensible perimeter. Their custom built exotic bird pens and birds were not so lucky. As the family escaped the fire they only had time to open the cage doors. Many of the birds, mostly peacocks were unable to get out of their pens and perished. Many escaped into the forest.
The project was to demolish 140' linear by 12' pens. Salvaged materials and rebuild what we could. Construction was wood framed, skinned with tin. At first glance the damage didn't seem bad because the metal was holding up the buildings. The fire was so hot it buckled and burned the paint off the tin. The framing on the inside burned .
The wood framing was assembled with nails and screws, tin was attached with roofing screws. My 15 year old son and I removed 15 pounds of screws with two 18v Ryobi drills. We used a Ryobi cordless saw and a chainsaw.
We managed to rebuild one 30' by 12' pen out of material salvaged.
I stand by my Ryobi tools. One of the drills I use on this project I've had for more than ten years. I have dropped them off ladders had them ride in the back of my pickup for weeks yet they keep on working. I will admit the battery life on the NI-Cd batteries is just about done.

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  • Inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
    By thorpedo, on December 14, 2014

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Ryobi tools help rebuild after fire

by W3metalfab
Nov 16, 2014
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The project stems from The Moccasin Hill Fire in Sprague River, Oregon 7/13/14. An extremely fast moving forest fire destroyed 2500+ acres and approximately 50 structures including 17 dwellings. Thankfully, due to the quick action of neighbors and firefighter there were no human fatalities. One picture is a view from my kitchen. Friends of ours that live in the fire area were lucky not to lose their home due to their diligence of maintaining a fire defensible perimeter. Their custom built exotic bird pens and birds were not so lucky. As the family escaped the fire they only had time to open the cage doors. Many of the birds, mostly peacocks were unable to get out of their pens and perished. Many escaped into the forest. The project was to demolish 140' linear by 12' pens. Salvaged materials and rebuild what we could. Construction was wood framed, skinned with tin. At first glance the damage didn't seem bad because the metal was holding up the buildings. The fire was so hot it buckled and burned the paint off the tin. The framing on the inside burned . The wood framing was assembled with nails and screws, tin was attached with roofing screws. My 15 year old son and I removed 15 pounds of screws with two 18v Ryobi drills. We used a Ryobi cordless saw and a chainsaw. We managed to rebuild one 30' by 12' pen out of material salvaged. I stand by my Ryobi tools. One of the drills I use on this project I've had for more than ten years. I have dropped them off ladders had them ride in the back of my pickup for weeks yet they keep on working. I will admit the battery life on the NI-Cd batteries is just about done.