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By Steven in MN on 7/24/2006


recycle/reuse                 
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This is an interesting article about a modern home built w/ highway infrastructure materials from the "Big Dig" on the east coast.

Anyone have input on how you go about finding and securing materials from deconstruction projects?  I like the modern look w/ steel beams and concrete.





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By Dale in Richland, AZ on 7/24/2006


Great Topic!                             

Most communities have a demolition contractor, quite often they are associated with a salvage yard. Usually they won't let you on job sites because of liability concerns.

However, if they are hauling stuff to the landfill they may be receptive to working a deal with you for the materials you want.

Also, Habitat for Humanity has a network for recycled materials, usually stuff from residential remodeling projects. Some churches or local aid agencies have programs because people donate stuff for the tax write-off.

Before you get excited about using used structural materials check with the local building department, some don't like any used materials and the code book says "approved by building official" 2003 IRC 104.9.1 Which means they may want an engineer to sign off on it.

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By Steven in MN on 7/26/2006


Thanks for the info Dale!

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