Reclaimed Lumber Load #1
While most deck builders, I've found, expedite their demos by cutting boards in between joists, to avoid having to pull the hardware, the resulting 16" chunks aren't something I can use. Thankfully, Purdy prefers to remove the boards intact, and I'm super glad he does, because, when possible, he'll allow me to come grab as much of it as I desire. Saves him disposal fees, saves me money, and I suppose even saves the environment. Plus, his clients like knowing that their wood is being used as fodder for sculpture.
Finally, another shout-out to Larry DelNore for gifting me the flatbed trailer in the photos today. All it needed was new wiring (thanks, YouTube) and a title, via a somewhat lengthy "Bond in Lieu of Title" process. But, many trips to the DMV later, I have title in hand. I put the trailer through its paces last week to retrieve lumber load #1 for the new build. Thanks to the trailer's length, I'm able to haul 16' long boards - before, when it was just the pickup's 6' long bed, I was relegated to around 8'. Furthermore, the increased capacity means way fewer trips. Thanks, Larry!
Not all of the wood will be usable, but most of it will, and I estimate I've already saved around $350 - 400, not including my time (and fuel for the truck).