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Newsletter June 13, 2017

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re·pur·posed·MA·TE·RI·ALS (noun) - byproducts and waste that have value "as is" to a second, unrelated industry.  LEARN MORE ABOUT US>>   
In this Edition Denver | Chicago | Atlanta | Dallas | Philadelphia

How We Work.  BEFORE:  "Any interest in about 450,000 feet of 3/8" Extra High Strength Steel galvanized cable from our utility company?  We were offered $XX/ton at the scrapyard.  I would rather see it 'repurposed' than melted as scrap anyway." David Peterson   STATUS:  We offered David more than scrap price, and he accepted our offer. 

Q:  Like Dave, do you metal inventories that you'd like sell for more than scrap price?  We pay more than scrap!!!  
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3/8" Guy Wire.  182,000' on 18 spools.  Selling by the individual spool.  L: Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

Turf Underlayment Padding.  BEFORE:  These interlocking pieces of expanded polypropylene were used as turf underlayment on a football field.  FOR SALE:  The pieces are 1" x 48" x 48".  We have 60,000 Sq Ft of this underlayment.  L: Denver  Click for Pictures and Pricing>>

repurposedCUSTOMER:  "We're excited about this used turf padding being an extra layer of protection for our kiddos under the wood chips at our day care." - Bethany Gonzalez in Arizona
Voting Booth Tabletops.  We got in qty 800 of these tabletop portions of voting booths.  The plastic top measures 2 1/2" x 19" x 22".  L: Denver 

Your Ideas:  "Dog training platforms for beginning obedience or agility." - Terry Hayes

"Swimming pool pump and filter housekeeping pads." - James Jones

"These are almost the exact size of the lid on a standard Langstroth bee hive.  If they are UV stable, these would be really nice for Beekeepers." - Rob Wakoty

Mineral Oil.  BEFORE: We just got in twenty six 55-gal drums of high-quality mineral oil imported from Germany by a BioScience company.  They have such super tight tolerances for their life-supporting application that they reject 2% of the mineral oil they import.  L: Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

repeatCUSTOMER:  "We use mineral oil as a dust control agent for free-choice cattle mineral.  They get a boost of macro and trace minerals as well as vitamins while grazing on pasture.Bob in South Dakota

repurposedPRESENTATION.  Damon was the morning speaker today at theIndiana Recycling Coalition's annual conference.  Q: Would your group be interested in a "repurposing" keynote?  Click to Learn More>> 

Steel Drum --> Ugly Barrel Smoker (UBS):   "Damon - you always want me to send you pics of my projects so here you go.  There is a UBS cult of guys making these smokers out of 55, 30, 20 gallon barrels.  20 gallon barrels, in general, are pretty hard to come by so, a big 'thanks" to you for helping me get these barrels." Grover Brittain  RE: Grover, this is awesome!  Our new, unused barrels are perfect for these smokers it sounds like!

Smoker "How To":  Read more from Grover about his UBS smoker below.  
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20 gal Steel Drums.  L: Chicago  Click Here for Pricing>>

How We Work...#2.  BEFORE:  "Damon, We have 12 Siemens tank level probes.  They are new.  We are a job shop and a few year’s ago had an order to manufacture above ground water storage tanks and these were part of a customer’s Bill of Material.  We bought some additional probes back in 2012 for additional tanks that did not materialize and now I would like to get whatever I can for them." - Linda  AFTERLinda accepted our deal, and we know have the probes for sale.
Q: Like Linda, to have obsolete inventory, product, equipment that you'd like to get rid of?  
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Tank Level Sensors by Siemens.  Qty 12 unused, still-in-the-box sensors.  11’ Siemens level probes – Model 2100 - Single Float - Part#: DLS11S50T1F1.   L: Philadelphia  Click for Details and Pricing>>

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Locations:  (303-321-1471) DenverChicagoAtlantaDallasPhiladelphia
Problem Do you have a timber/wood decked bridge, semi trailer, etc. that wears prematurely?  Solution:  Conveyor Belt Trimmings.  The rubber strips become the wear part instead of the bridge timbers being chewed up.     

Conveyor Belt Trimmings.  Trimmings are 2"-8" wide strips of conveyor belting!  
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2" Rope.  We just got in several coils of 2" x 600' rope.  L: Denver  Order Online>>
UHMW Polyethylene Flat Bar Stock.  (Qty 35 - 4" x 12" x 18')  L: Denver  Click for Pricing>>

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "Your 4" material would be ideal for dock bumpers and piers at ports and terminals.  Your asking price for the unused stock is half the cost of new.  So, great pricing!!  Somebody will probably forward it on to some port operator or shipyard." Rick in San Diego

Fish Netting.  Multiple sizes available.  L:  Denver  Click Here for Net Sizes and Prices>>

repurposedSUGGESTION:  "You may already know this, but FYI, 1.5" mesh makes excellent pea, and bean trellis.  We used it with good success when we grew lots of pole beans." - Jerry G in Washington  

How We Work.  BEFORE"I have some granite slabs from old measuring equipment and gauge work.  Can you help me find them a home?" Cynette w/ General Motors Corp  STATUSCynette accepted our offer, and we now have they granite slaps for sale.

Q:  Like Cynette, do you have obsolete items you'd like our help in finding a home for?  If yes, Email Us Details>>

Granite Surface Plates.  Several different 2" x 16" x 20" up to 12" x 44" 87" weighing 4,500 lbs...of these granite slabs  L: Philadelphia  Click for Details>>

Steel Drum --> Ugly Barrel Smoker (UBS)
  "Damon - you always want me to send you pics of my projects so here you go.   This is one of the barrels that you helped me get from your Chicago location.  There is a UBS cult of guys making these smokers out of 55 and 30 gallon barrels.   As you would expect it is very difficult to find  30 gallon barrels that haven't been used to transport petroleum products.  Thirty gallon barrels, in general, are pretty hard to come by so, a big 'thanks" to you for helping me get these barrels.  I've only smoked chicken (see the attached pic) and pork shoulders so far.  I'm looking forward to trying a turkey for Thanksgiving.  The pork is wrapped in the foil under the hanging chickens in the attached picture.   The air intake pipe is made from a 2 inch end pipe from a chain link fence.  While smoking, the lid is closed only allowing intake air from that black stand pipe with the adjustable sliding top.  This is the temp control mechanism as I like my temp in the 250 to 325 degree range.  These barrels are all one piece which means the top needs to be cut to make the lid.  The fill port on the top of the barrel (the lid after it is cut)  uses a pipe thread which makes it very easy to make the exhaust vent." Grover Brittain
Companies We Like.  Recycled Firefighter makes wallets and bags out of decommissioned fire hose.  (FYI...Damon loves his fire hose wallet!)  Order online   
Manufactured to be "repurposed".  "I thought you guys would like this shooting target printed on the pizza boxes at this Palmer, Alaska pizzeria.  This is instantly ready for 'repurposing' once that last slice of pizza is eaten.  Just nail it to a tree and the cardboard is ready for it's 2nd life as a target." Dray C.  RE: Dray, not only do we like this, but this is the first product we've ever seen that is being readied for its eventual "repurpose" by the original manufacturer.  Brilliant!!! 
Unused Trailer Flooring.  L: All Locations  Click for Pricing>>

Q: What would be some techniques to distress this flooring to make it look like it has been in the back of semi trailer for a decade or two?  Email Distressing Techniques>>

repurposingHOW/TO:  "Hello, I'm a carpenter in Salida, CO & I have 'distressed' many new boards & beams to make them look like they came out of an old mine or an old factory.  I have used grinders w/40-80 grit, it makes nice wear marks where a line or rope might have been.   Hammers, large/small pry bars, chains & anything large & blunt can make nice dents & deep scratches.  Keeping it random is harder than you think.  Getting different people involved seems to help.  But here is the key:  stain the wood b4 distressing. Then do your desired amount of distressing, then sand the whole or parts of the piece of wood (120 grit) and then distress some more.  Then re-apply stain again.  This will give it the true old look.  The dents & scratches will show a little darker & different.  It takes some practice but the end result with this method has fooled people in the rough sawn wood business.  You could also EcoTreat the wood, rather than stain it.  It goes faster & has an 'older' look to it.  It's also less expensive than traditional stains.   I set up a gutter system to catch the EcoTreat runoff so it can be reused or reapplied to the next boards.  I work for a custom home builder, so we have not rushed or hurried the distressing process.  But I'm sure if you set up an assembly line, with a bunch of people each doing something a little different, you could get a bunch done in short order.  Air/power tools help it go faster for sure.   It's a fun custom process anyway you do it.  
PS- if you aren't familiar with  EcoTreat
- - it's a powder you mix with water to form a mild acid that changes the PH of the wood, thus preserving it.  It comes from BC.  Some lumber yards carry it.  It makes new wood look old in hours & days.  Cedar & Doug Fir turn dark brown in weeks & pine generally turns dark gray.  You can play with the dilution to get the desired shading.  It's a great product."

* A.C.E.  This acronym stands for AttributesCharacteristicsEngineering.  We use this acronym to tell you a little about a used material and what qualities it has in hopes that someone can find a "repurpose" for it.  Asked another way...what did the material do in it's 1st life that might help identify a very different, 2nd life for it?