DIY on a Shoestring Budget forum: Finding Construction Materials

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ImageHenryr10
Feb 2, 2010 12:52 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
We've been remodeling and repurposing building materials for 20 years now.

Hopefully we and others will be able to help you to find what you need for your Projects.

Ric

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagegemini_sage
Feb 5, 2010 10:31 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
While working on our bathroom, we discovered the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. Its my new favorite place! We got our jacuzzi tub for $75, and a pretty little chandelier for $30. I couldn't believe how many doors, vanities, appliances, windows, etc. they had. It will be the first place we look from now on when a project is in the works!
ImageHenryr10
Feb 5, 2010 10:43 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Habitat is a GREAT Resource!

Another is to check the local charities.

'Building Value' in the Cincinnati area is owned by the March of Dimes.
They will even come to your home and do what they call
'Gentle Deconstruction' .

We have cabinets, crown molding, a vintage bathroom sink, doors and many other items from them.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageButterflyChaser
Feb 9, 2010 5:46 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
I used to work in construction and we burned or dumped a lot of useable materials. It broke my heart one day when my boss had me burn a $30 piece of lumber--not a thing wrong with it. The job was done and it was just an "extra piece of wood". I had wanted it, as I wanted to build my own house. Boss said, "You don't have a truck to haul it." So I had to stand there and watch it burn.

The next week, I spotted a $1500 extended cab Ford F150 and bought it. For the next few years, I hauled home anything that was dumpster or fire bound that I thought I could put to use--lumber, rebar, mortar, bricks, shingles, sheetrock, insulation, tons of stuff. My brother and I built my 1200 sq ft home for $20,000, which includes kitchen cabinets, flooring, and new appliances as well as a porch and storage building. That was 10 years ago and people still compliment me on the house.

If any of you know anyone in construction, ask about the leftover materials. Often they'll let you raid the dumpster or the burn pile. They have to pay by the pound to have the dumpster dumped, so any pounds you can take out reduces their bill.

Recently, my brother talked to a construction guy about some concrete he was hauling off. He got it dumped on our vacant lot next door to me. I'm in heaven! LOTS of beautiful concrete slabs--many in a perfect rectangle. I'll use them to make the floor of various patios thru my gardens. The broken but flat pieces will be used as flagstone and stained to look like flagstone. They'll be great for a patio floor or a path. Here's a picture of my free concrete. This shows only a couple of dumptruck loads, but we ended up with four or five loads.

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ImageHenryr10
Feb 9, 2010 10:46 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
EXCELLENT!

We have a broken patio walkway from a tear out at our neighbors house.

I apologize for neglecting this Cubit.
Life got in the way but starting tomorrow I'll get going.

BTW to the new Divers
MAKE SURE you ask permission before you Dumpster Dive.
There are legal ramifications.
You are subject to arrest in many areas.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Image1AnjL
Feb 16, 2010 2:26 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Craigslist .com!! I have found so many free items for my yard on that site its unbelievable! One lady gave me a fountain, she just wanted it out of her yard. DH and I saw a similar fountain at our local nursery selling for $400 !! There are many people on there giving things away, including construction materials, bricks, sinks, cabinets etc.

Here is my recycled concrete patio. We tore up a cement walkway in the front yard and didnt want to pay to have it hauled off, so I used it to make a patio in front of our detached gym room.

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All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageHenryr10
Feb 16, 2010 1:57 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
GORGEOUS!
And we have the same fence!

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Image1AnjL
Feb 16, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Thumbs up
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageBlissfulGarden
Feb 21, 2010 4:06 PM CST
Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana / Zone 8b

Annmarie, you have inspired me to check out Craig's List. I haven't ventured there before because I thought it would be too tempting. I'm a sucker for a good deal!
Image1AnjL
Feb 21, 2010 4:09 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
LOL check the 'free' link on there!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
ImageHenryr10
Feb 21, 2010 8:27 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Craig's List is a wonderful place for bargains and freebies.
I've seen free hot tubs!

AND it's a GREAT Place to list Lost or Found Pets!
We found a Siberian Huskie one Sunday morning last Fall.
Called all over the place and no luck w/ finding the owner.
About 4 PM I thought CL.
Looked online.
There she was!
The owner had gotten home at 3:00 and found the dog missing.
They called the usual places, most of which were closed.
Posted on CL at 3:45 at 4:15 they were at our door.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Image1AnjL
Feb 21, 2010 11:38 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Hurray! I love to hear found animal stories!!
All Things Hobby
All the coffee in Columbia will never make me a morning person!
woodyarn
Feb 28, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Another good place to find cheap wood is Lowes. Lots of time they have a section outside that they sell bundles
of wood real cheap. It may be a bit warped and twisted, most times it's orders the was not picked up or returned
items.
I needed 16 2x4x16 for a patio. At $7.00 each.
I bought 10 2x8x16 for $25.00 and cut them in half. Now I have all my 2x4's.
I don't know if Home Depot does the same, but they might.
ImageHenryr10
Feb 28, 2010 9:20 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Home Depot does it too.
Last year they had lumber carts set up.
We bought one filled w/ #2 Pressure Treat for 10 dollars.
2 x 4's, 4 x 4's and a sheet of treated plywood.
The plywood alone was worth the cart... it just had a 'ding' on one side.
Surprisingly the 2 and 4 bys were in good shape as far as being warped just strap marks.

Lowe's here has a bin back by the saw of cut mistakes.
Usually about 50% off.

Ric
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageGymgirl
Mar 20, 2010 3:08 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Great info. I need to find six 4x4s and some 8 ft. dog ear pickets to make a short wall around the compost pile and a short wall to hide my eBuckets. I'll start checking Lowes & HD!
ImageButterflyChaser
Mar 20, 2010 3:41 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Gymgirl, you might want to check the landscape timbers for your short wall. They're cheaper than the 4 x 4's, at least here they are. And they hold up just as well. I've built a sunroom and a privacy fence all the way around my property using the landscape timbers instead of the 4 x 4s. Last year, I got the timbers for $2 each, sometimes $3. The 4 x 4's were $4 and $5 and even $6 each.
ImageHenryr10
Mar 20, 2010 7:19 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Watch the dog ears carefully.
Lowe's usually has them outside near the lumber exit.
They do have a tendency to get wet and warp.
We usually go about a foot deep in the pile.

Also when handling ANY pressure treated woods wear gloves.
Especially this time of year when the wood is usually pretty 'wet'.
'Wet' meaning not fully dry cured.
When cutting wear a mask.
The chemicals are not nice to your hands or lungs.
If you get a splinter immediately get it out.
It will not be treated well by your immune system.
They fester up in usually less than 24 hours.

The inside of the Hot Tub Enclosure is done in Dog Ears turned upside down.
A fraction of the cost of cedar.

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
rtl850nomore
Mar 22, 2010 11:24 AM CST
Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
All the wood is from the HD cull. They sell it here for .51 a piece and for sheet goods we have to pay 1.01. I also got three pieces of Hardiebacker with one corner broken off for 1.01 each.

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The reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.
rtl850nomore
Mar 22, 2010 11:26 AM CST
Name: Jayne
Glendale/Parks Az
whoops...wrong picture. This is the correct one.

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The reason most people fail instead of succeed is because they give up what they want most for what they want at the moment.

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