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Keep that old wood out of the landfill! – Hooray Hanes Vintage & Salvage!

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I love this article from the Guardian, Recycled wood: the green key to a sustainable built environment,  via The Reclamation Administration, about how much old wood goes into landfills each year. It’s absolutely tragic.

The remodelling and demolishing of homes in the US results in the equivalent of 250,000 single-family homes being interred in landfills or incinerated each year. Among the dry wall, plastic and concrete that are disposed of is lumber sourced from Americas forests. Within this lumber, there is also wood from older homes. This is especially valuable because it is of higher quality than material used in most new construction projects.

Wood in homes built 50 years ago or earlier was often sourced from first-growth forests. Whether a small, older home being destroyed for a larger, more modern home, or a historic beach-front house being targeted for removal and upgrade by a presidential candidate, these houses are a treasure trove of sturdy wood that builders should reclaim. Entrepreneurs can find lucrative business opportunities as salvaged or rediscovered wood is in high demand.

A huge part of our mission to keep old wood (we define that as pre-1970) from going into landfills. Whether it’s flooring, wood studs, doors, rafters or whatever, please don’t throw it out. If you’re remodeling an older home, please instruct your contractor to call us. At the very least, we’ll haul that wood away free and either recycle it ourselves or get it to someone who will reuse it. In some cases, we’ll make you a cash offer. Or, have your contractor take the reusable supplies to your local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. Either way, you’ll be doing the environment a favor.

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Hanes Vintage & Salvage — The Thrill of the Hunt…and Monster Centipedes

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Picture of reclaimed wood

Today, we didn’t know for sure until 8:00 a.m. that our salvage operation was a “go.” But we finally got the green light and closed in on a 156 year old adobe in Old Town Albuquerque. The owners were renovating and had recycled all of the original beams, flooring and other items they could. They called us in to haul away the rest because they hated to throw it away. And we would have hated for them to throw it away, too.

It’s not every day you come across 156 year old lumber. The pile included planks, beams, and old oak tongue-and-groove flooring. Wouldn’t it have been terrible if that wonderful wood had wound up in a landfill? A tragedy!

Luckily, we were able to salvage all of this great wood. Being selfish, we plan to reclaim a lot of this wood for our own projects. But some of it may also wind up available to the public. We’ll keep you posted as we get this fantastic reclaimed wood sorted and graded.

In addition to the wood, we were able to salvage some fabulous rusted corrugated tin. This stuff is perfect for rustic garden projects. We’re going to use some of it as facing on a pair of large planters we’re building. We also got some old galvanized roofing corners that would make great projects, and some other interesting odds and ends.

Photo of a large centipede

Performing salvage operations like this isn’t without potential hazards. Check out this monster centipede that crawled out from under a piece of corrugated tin while we were working. It measured at least six inches in length. The granddaddy of centipedes!

At the end of the day, we were so happy these clients called us. They needed the wood and other scrap hauled away to make room for a patio. We were pleased to do the hauling and help keep this wonderful wood out of the landfill.

We all scrambled for a second when this centipede crawled out from under a piece of corrugated tin we were salvaging!

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