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Newsletter June 6, 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

Online Auction...Parking Lot Fabric. - Auction Ends Tomorrow -  L: Atlanta  Click To Bid>>  

BEFORE:  This was heavy fabric used as a temporary parking lot by Ford Motor Co. for new car inventory.  AFTER:  NASA-funded group purchased 4,500 Sq Ft of Parking Lot Fabric that they're going to install to serve as landing pads for drones.  Michael, we appreciate your business!   

Online Auction...Parts/Pieces of Steel Mezzanine. - Auction Ends Tomorrow -  L: Atlanta  Click To Bid>>  

backSTORY:  This is parts and pieces of a steel mezzanine originally used at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.  


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 

Q:  How can they plastic tops be "repurposed"?  
Submit Ideas>>  
Online EQUIPMENT Auction.  Stuff is available from all 5 of our locations. - Ends Wed, June 7th @ 8pm EST/6pm MST -  L: Philadelphia, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta  Click to Bid>>

NOTE:  We use our online auctions to sell a lot of the materials that are too small in quantity to be featured on the website or in our newsletter.  So, don't miss out! 
CLICK HERE to See ALL Auction Items - Auction Includes:  CONCRETE (1) - CONTAINERS (11) - CONVEYOR BELTING (11) - EQUIPMENT (29) - FABRIC (12) - GLASS (3) - HOSE (24) - INSULATION (8) - LANDSCAPE PAVERS (19) - MISCELLANEOUS (23) - STEEL (33) - TURF (7) - WOOD (20)
T_2317205.JPG  5th Wheel Carts....READ MORE or BID>>
T_2317235.JPG  Sandblast Cabinet...READ MORE OR BID>>
T_2317190.JPG  Gym Floor Covering System...READ MORE OR BID>>
T_2317285.JPG  Steel Stair Case...READ MORE OR BID>>
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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!   
Click Here for Pricing>>   
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 #1:  How can these big granite slabs be "repurposed"?  
Submit Your Ideas>>

Q #2:  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  Email for Sizes and Pricing>>
BEFORE"We have two Wallco 5’ roller coaters for painting plywood and accompanying Cincinnati Electro Jet Dryers that we don't use anymore.  You interested?" - Alan  AFTER:  Alan accepted our offer, and we now have the units for sale! 
Roller Coaters & Dryers.  OEM
 -   L: Atlanta  Click here for details>>>

repurposedCOMBO.  "This is not my picture, just an idea I came across on Pinterest.  I thought this would be perfect for the Guardrail Timbers and Steel Cable you have." - Kristy Stommel  QLike Kristy, do you have project pictures where used materials could be substituted?  If yes, Email Pics and Details>>

Guardrail Timbers.  L: Dallas, Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

Steel Cable.  L: Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Denver  Click Here for Pricing>>

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?