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Old 12-19-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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I held on to some old lumber leftover from a exterior stairs and deck rebuild with the hopes of re-purposing them for little projects in and around the house. I'm a little handy but have no experience with wood and I failed to ask the carpenters/contractors which pieces were best for re-purposing/re-using. I have a feeling I salvaged nothing but crap.

From these photos, https://picasaweb.google.com/1137698...eat=directlink, which pieces should I hold on to and which should I take to the dump?

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P.S. - The projects I have in mind are shelving unit for the storage room/area in my basement, poor man's temporary flooring for a water prone basement, poor man's tool, wood or garden shed, exterior/outdoor or garage workbench and those cool trending re-purpose projects discovered on pinterest and design blogs.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:16 PM   #2
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I tend to keep way too much scrap like that, but then we have a place to stack it out of the rain.

It's a judgement call but generally, keep the bigger/longer pieces over the smaller ones.

And realize that once you toss it, you'll find a need for that exact size piece.
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I tend to throw crap like that away. It will likely be a waste of space.
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Ayuh,.... I see a few usable pieces of 2x, 'n a pile of firewood...
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you never know, when you might need a piece of lumber for something? but for myself, I wouldn't even keep the pictures!

as always, just my thoughts!

take what helps? ignore the rest

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Take a shot at building an outdoor worktable with it and see what you end up with. I would not take that stuff inside. Some of it may be pressure treated and you don't want that indoors with you if you can help it.

Basically, if it's not rotten or deteriorating, then you can use it. The question is simply whether it is the right dimensional lumber for your needs. Only you can answer that question.
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I used to keep wood scraps, in case I might need it.

Seems like I never needed what I happened to have.

Now that I have a wood stove it's easy. If it's not painted or glued I burn it. Everything else goes to the landfill.
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Tis crap!
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Throw it out, and if you find you need something that you threw out, you can come to my garage and take your pick of all the wood I kept because I thought I might need it.

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Wow! Very helpful, thanks everyone!
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You could give it away on craigslist for free or have a nice little bonfire and toast some marshmallows.

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I would not take that stuff inside. Some of it may be pressure treated and you don't want that indoors with you if you can help it.
Why not take it inside? Why especially pressure treated lumber?
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I recycle wood. If it's reasonably solid and straight, I'll reuse it. I try to avoid demolition with sledge hammers to keep from splintering it. I also apply the nail rule. Unless a board is going straight into a dumpster (and that never happens because I won't pay for a dumpster to sit for weeks and months) where it can't be stepped on, I pull or hammer down all the nails (and people wonder why my project move like molasses). The makes it easier to reuse the stuff. The picture of boards laying flat look kind of weathered. If it looks like it sat in the weather since I was in high school (before they invented paper) I would pitch it.
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I certainly wouldn't listen to all those who say burn it. If you are going to burn P.T. wood, then you might as well hydrate yourself with a glass of laundry detergent too since you obviously don't mind sucking in poisonous chemicals. Then you'll at least have snuggle fresh breath to cover up that burnt chemical stench...
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The carpenters/contractors did actually warn me NOT to burn the pressure treated lumber because of the poison.

Thanks for the tip about the nails - I'll be sure to remove them or hammer them down before dumping them.

I think my first project is going to be building a workbench or sawhorse or whatever they're called... I just need something to cut and saw stuff on
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