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Newsletter May 30, 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
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!!! 
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>>
Cosmetic Product.  BEFORE"We have a bunch of boxes of crackle fingernail polish.  A lot of this is still good but some of the bottles are dried out.  I figure this might be good for teachers or art projects.  We have 5 pallets weighing 5,000 lbs.?" - David  STATUSWe have these pallets available.

Product Giveaway:  This fingernail polish is free to a good home.  If you'd like more information on the product, or to take this product, 
Email Us>>
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_2317115.JPG  Stainless Dishwasher....READ MORE or BID>>
T_2317150.JPG  Antique Cutting Machine...READ MORE OR BID>>
T_2317190.JPG  Gym Floor Covering System...READ MORE OR BID>>
T_2317200.JPG  Landa Pressure Washer...READ MORE OR BID>>
Companies We Like.  Recycled Firefighter makes wallets and bags out of decommissioned fire hose.  (FYI...Damon loves his fire hose wallet!)  Order online   
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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

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>>>

Filter Cloth.  These super durable filter cloths were used in press filters in the beverage industry to strain things like apple juice.  The porous fabric has an ideal "repurpose" as lawn debris tarps for landscapers, golf courses, etc.  Filter Cloth pricing>> 

repurposedPROJECT:  "These are ideal for skimming scum off our ponds.  After all, they are filter cloths." - Jet Thomas in Virginia

22,500 lb Forklift.  Hyster 225E propane powered forklift.  L: Chicago  Click here for details and pricing>>

Propane Tanks.  250, 500, 1000 gallon tanks.  L: Denver  Click Here for pricing on Tanks>>

repurposedCUSTOMER:  We just sold another propane tank to Oskar Blues' (a craft beer company) fabrication company.  They "repurpose" them into these logo'd fire pits.  Way cool!  Ian, we appreciate your business.

Salt.  Morton TFC H.G. Blending Salt.  Food Grade.  50lb sacks...39,000 lbs total.  Bags are a bit lumpy & clumpy.  L: Denver  Email for Pricing>>

Q: Like with this salt, do you have product or inventory that you'd like out of your warehouse?  If yes, Email Us Details>>

repurposedTHOUGHT:  "Possibly going to use your salt to convert a chlorine pool to a salt water pool.  Would take about 1 pallet to get that done. Food grade salt works great for this application.  The salt they sell in the pool equipment stores runs about $1.00/lb." - Mark
Dupont Zonyl 8740.  The Zonyl 8740 is a penetrating sealer for porous, less porous, and polished stone surfaces.  L: Atlanta  Make Offer - We are open to offers on a single 55 gallon drum or on all 7 we have in stock.  Email Offer>>

Sample Request"Any trial sample that I can try out to in Singapore?" - Vincent Lee in 
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>>

repurposedINQUIRY:  "I write a newsletter for The Engineering Society of Buffalothat gets distributed to 200 local engineers, contractors, etc and I'd be honored if you would provide content on either a monthly, quarterly, or individual basis." Robin Closs  RERobin, absolutely.  We'll send you an article that you can publish.  Thanks for asking!
Q: Like Robin, would you like to include an article about "repurposing" in a newsletter or publication?  We would be happy to provide content.  
Email Us>>
repurposedNEWS.  "I thought you guys were full of it with your sweeper brushes for livestock backscratchers until I read this in the Wall St Journal over the weekend.  'Farmers are coddling cows with waterbeds, backscratchers...'  I guess your newsletter is not 'fake news' after!" - Rick Johnson in Virginia  

Street Sweeper Brushes.  We just got in 60 more brushes.  L: Denver  Click for Pricing>>
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?