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Newsletter Sept 8 2016

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re·pur·posed·MA·TE·RI·ALS (noun) - byproducts and waste that have value "as is" to a 2nd, unrelated industry.  WATCH "repurposing" Video Introduction>>  or visit us at >>
Today's Edition… ( Denver | Chicago | Atlanta | Dallas | Philadelphia 
  •  repurposedEQUIPMENT: Airline Ground Support Equipment  (See Below>>)
  •  surplus Mop Down rolls for waterproofing  (See Below>>)
  •  repurposedARTISAN:  Shipping Container public art project   (See Below>>)
  •  How/To ... How to make XXL covers &/or liners  (See Below>>)
Rubber Playground Tiles.  We just got in 5,000 sq ft of used playground tiles.  L: Philadelphia   Email for Playground Tile Pricing>>

repurposedCUSTOMER: "About a year ago, we bought a pallet of playground tiles from you, and we should have bought the rest.  We would like to buy more and have been watching your emails and website for them in Denver.  I see that you have some in Philadelphia only.  So, I thought I would ask if you think you will get any more of these in Denver?" Mary  REMary, we don't know when we'll have more in Denver.  

1" Glass Panels.  Surplus glass from a big hotel project that got cancelled.  There are 22 crates of 1" insulated, double pane glass.  Most panels are 47 1/4" x 47 1/4".  L: Denver  Email for Glass Pricing>>

equipmentREPURPOSING.  We think some of the Ground Support Equipment from the military and airlines might be a good candidate for "repurposing".  Has anyone seen some "repurposing" of the tuggers, the baggage carts, wheeled conveyor belt loaders, etc?

Q #1: We're especially intrigued by the "repurposing" possibilities of 40,000 lb capacity, wheeled cargo loader in the two pictures on the right.  It seems like there ought to be some mining, oil & gas, or heavy construction "repurpose" for one of these rigs.  Any ideas?  
Email Suggestions>>

Q #2: Do you have any referrals on where we might be able to procure some used Ground Support Equipment for "repurposing"?  Email Referrals>> 

repurposedARTISAN.    Joseph Riché "repurposed" unused shipping containers to create this sculpture that captures the vibrant transportation history of this revitalized neighborhood in Denver, CO.


zero/wasteCITY.  "Damon, I’m with the City of Denver.  We had initial discussions with Purchasing about looking to find a place for certain materials to avoid the landfill. We, including Purchasing, would like to find a time that we can meet with you, and possibly others in a similar industry i.e. ReStore, etc to learn more about the business models, materials accepted and what it might take to explore options for City products to avoid end-of-life at a landfill." - Emily  RE: Emily, for sure we'd love to introduce you to our mission/concept of "repurposing" and discuss how we might assist the City of Denver in reaching Zero Waste!

Q: Like Emily, would you like to have a initial discussion on how we might could help your city, company, or organization in their striving for Zero Waste?  Call Damon at 303.321.1471 or 
Email Damon>> 


SURPLUS...Polyiso Insulation.  L: Dallas Email for Sizes and Prices>>
SHHHH...We have 3 truckloads in Dallas that is brand new, never installed insulation.   (NOTE: It is still in it's original shrink wrap from the factory.)  

Pressure Treated Timbers.  We have treated 3" x 7" lumber, 12" x 12" timbers.  L: Atlanta  Lumber Pricing>>

BEFORE:  We teamed on a City of Jacksonville, FL job with int'l design-build leader Haskell and Orion Marine Group to divert a portion of the lumber from the demolition of the public Southbank Riverwalk on the banks of the St Johns River.  AFTER:  This is a truckload of the treated wood that just arrived at a gun range in Louisiana.  They are using the timbers to build heavy duty privacy walls.  Q Do you have a byproducts, surplus, or waste that would be a candidate for "repurposing"?  If yes, Email Us Details>> 

repurposedDEAL.  BEFORE: "We have four commercial water softeners that were purchased for a project we had.  Once purchased it was determined there was not enough room to install them on the project.  They are complete water softener systems including tanks, valves, gravel, and resin.  They have never been used.  Would you be interested in these?" - Jonathan  STATUS:  Jonathan accepted our offer, and we now have these 4 units for sale!
Q:  Like Jonathan, do you have surplus or idle equipment or inventory that you want out-of-the-warehouse and off-the-books?  If yes, Email Us Details>> 

Water Softeners.  We took four Fleck water softeners that are still-in-the-box, never installed.  L: Philadelphia  Email Us for Details and Pricing>>

Advertising Billboard Vinyls.  Sizes: 12'x25', 10'x36', 14'x48', 20'x60'   L: Denver, Dallas, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago  Pricing and Inventory>>

repurposingHOW/TO:  "Need to cover an area larger than our largest billboard?  No problem!  Glue billboards together with HH-66 Vinyl Cement (Order on and make whatever custom size cover/liner you need!" - Jesse in Michigan

: Like Jesse w/ the HH-66 Vinyl Cement product, do you have a "repurposing" a product, a tool, a technique, etc...that you'd like to share about working with different used materials?  
Email Details of your Tip>>

Wood Distressing...NEW Trailer Flooring.   L: Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago  Email for Pricing and Inventory>>

NOTE:  We have 50,000' of this NEW trailer flooring.  So, if you know any flooring companies, architects, etc., we're ready to make a sweetheart deal on large quantity orders!  And, you could purchase this and distress it yourself, for a fraction of the cost of the vintage trailer flooring we sell!

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 e 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."

Flameless, Portable Heaters.  But there could be other options for these units.  Make/Model:Therm Dynamics 600DR  L: Denver  Contact Us for Details & Pricing>>
Vintage Factory Flooring.  We just got in 1,200 SF of retro, cool flooring out of warehouse in South Carolina. L: Atlanta   Factory Floor Pricing>>

N4X Polycarbonate Enclosures.  These are waterproof boxes made to house electronics. Mftg by  Qty 996 – 17” x 15” x 9”  L: Denver  Contact Us for Pricing>>

Mop Down Rolls.  We just got in a truckload of mop down rolls.  These are used in the flat roof tar process.  L: Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia  Click Here for Pricing>> 

9,000 CFM Heater Box L: Denver  Email for Details & Price>>

Q: Do you have unused, surplus inventory or equipment you'd like to deal on?  Contact Us>>


Overhead Bridge Crane.  We just did a deal with a major defense contractor for this large overhead crane.  The crane was made by Royce Crane Co.  L: Dallas  If you're interested in more details and detailed drawings of the crane, Contact Us>>

Q: Do you have surplus, idle, obsolete equipment you'd like to deal on?  
Send Details>>

repurposed REAL ESTATE:  Do you have an industrial property(s) with environmental problems?  If so, would you like to sell the property and transfer the liability headaches on to another party?  If "yes" to both, we're interested in talking to you.  Please, Contact Us>>

Psst!...MISCONCEPTION.  A lot of people incorrectly assume the prototypical "repurposer" is lower income.  That couldn't be farther from the truth.  In fact, our customer base is loaded with high net worth people and companies.  (Eg: see the new Ford and Dodge trucks yesterday in our parking lot.)  Psst...a little secret, they are likely high net worth because they save $$$ by buying used materials to solve problems!!!


Behind-the-Curtain.  We often get asked, "How do you find homes for all these offbeat things you have available?"  Well, one of the secrets is all of you, our readers.  In the example below, we had no idea Western WA Univ was building an electric car, but Nate knew!  AND, he let Professor Leonhardt know, too!  Nate, thanks for your help!

Lithium Ion Batteries.  "I’m reaching out to you because I have 119,000 Type: LiFePO4 Size: 32650 re-chargeable batteries that we bought for a project, they are unused, and now we have no use for them.  They were delivered to us late 2013, and they cost us a little under $1,000,000 at that time.  Would you possibly have an interest in them at a highly discounted rate?"Richard  NOTE: We DO NOT own these batteries currently.  We are considering buying this offering, or we could broker a deal if you're interested.  

FWD:  "Hi Damon. My name is Nate and I work at the Port of Portland. I am also an alumni of Western Washington University, and know a professor there (Eric Leonhardt) in the Vehicle Research Institute who is building an electric car with a team of students. He may be interested in the surplus Lithium Ion batteries advertised. I’ve cc’d him here to see if he is interested." - Nate 


repurposedAIRCRAFT.  "Damon, I see you're expanding into 'repurposing' of equipment.  How about these ag spray planes that they put weapons and armor on and ship them overseas for governments who need military aircraft on a budget?" Jacob Randolph in Kansas

Q: We love it Jacob!  Like with these spray planes, have you seen any type of machinery or equipment "repurposed" for a very different 2nd Life?
  Email Ideas>>
waste/basedBUSINESS.   repurposedMATERIALS is actively seeking opportunities to acquire, partner, or joint venture with companies that have unique, durable niches within the re-use, re-manufacturing, re-blending, removal, marketplace.  Contact Us>>
Learn More...about repurposedMATERIALS.  Watch 2 Minute Introduction Video>>  
repurposedWEBINAR  Q: Would you like to learn more about our mission/concept of "repurposing"?  Damon Carson, our founder, will give you an introduction in this 45 minutes webinar.  Register at this link, and you'll be able to access the video to view>>