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Old 09-30-2015, 08:43 AM   #1
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What to do with used outlets, doors, hardware, etc?


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I am slowly moving through my house and updating many of the features. This means that I have a lot of the old stuff left over.

Dozens of electrical outlets
About a dozen light switches
Three doors (hardware separate)
Hinges from the doors
Door knobs from the doors
A sliding closet door (all hardware included)
Several ceiling fans
Maybe several windows (if I decide to go through with that expense)
A few window blinds
Etc...

These items are still good and I want them to go to a good home. How best should I pass these along? Is there any money to be made selling them? Should I donate them to Habitat for Humanity or something similar??? I have kept all screws and related hardware so that they can be used again.

Let me know what I should do. The city's Bulk Collection is coming up in two weeks and I can just trash it if needed, but I would far rather the stuff go to a good home. Thanks!
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If these are used items:

Outlets and switches go to the trash. Not sure anyone wants a used one.
Doors, if the are in really good shape then perhaps a reclamation center center.
Windows. Usually garbage. Habitat for humanity generally builds new or rehabs new and winds etc must meet the size specs etc. and they would probably won't a house full of ode tall windows.
Door hardware, if it is of goo quality and excellent shape perhaps reclamation (resell) facility.. Enter, but also perhaps the local metal recycler.

Problem with most demo stuff, no one wants to hold in inventory in case they need it.

You could always try a local habitat for humanity.

Otherwise, you can try private sales or as I usually do, that to the transfer station, recycle what I can and trash the rest.
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In HOuston, we have Habitat ReStore....it's under the habitat for humanity group but is a retail/resale shop. You can donate items to places like that.
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Thanks all! The local Habitat ReStore does accept most of these items: http://www.austinhabitat.org/restore...ion-guidelines

Thanks again! Keep the good ideas coming!
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You can likewise find good stuff in the restore shop. I didn't know about it until my neighbor told me
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I put a bunch of stuff down by the road in front of my house and put a "free" sign with it. It was still there two days later. So I put another sign that said "$100 or best offer" and it all was stolen the next night. Success!
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I've bought lots of stuff at the Restore store.
Brand new light fixtures still in the box, joist hangers, Pergo transition strips, lag bolts, outlet boxes, tile.
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Our habitat stopped accepting used devices, because of liability. Just toss them in the recycling bin.



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Our habitat stopped accepting used devices, because of liability. Just toss them in the recycling bin.

What do the freakin' lawyers know? They never have to shop at Habitat. They hire contractors who buy their stuff at the local supply house and mark it up 100%. The freakin' lawyers haven't a clue.

I have bought at least half of the materials for my total house remodel from several Habitats. They are a win-win-win-win-win solution.

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What do the freakin' lawyers know? They never have to shop at Habitat. They hire contractors who buy their stuff at the local supply house and mark it up 100%. The freakin' lawyers haven't a clue.

I have bought at least half of the materials for my total house remodel from several Habitats. They are a win-win-win-win-win solution.
By used devices, he means switches and receptacles. No way should anybody be using these. They are cheap enough new.
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By used devices, he means switches and receptacles. No way should anybody be using these. They are cheap enough new.

My local Habitat ReStore stopped taking donations of used dishwashers, sinks, faucets, disposers, toilets and who knows what else.
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I trash my old receptacles...
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I asked if they would take my patio doors and they said no. Too likely to get broke in the store. Another liability issue.

I bought a solid core door to make a top for my workbench. It was marked $10 but I got it for $8 and some change. Some sort of discount. The cashier scanned a barcode and VOILA! discount for Mikey!
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Habitat is in the business of taking new stuff that is donated, to be used in their homes. They have gotten out of the business of taking any previously used electrical devices, wire that looks like it has been removed, Coax, Ethernet, appliances, electronics, etc..

A lot of them have even gone as far as no longer taking furniture and mattresses, because of Bed Bugs and fleas.

They got tired of being treated like the local junkyard. I got lucky and had them take a portable Basketball hoop. That was only because one of the guys that does pick ups, wanted it for his house.




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My local Habitat ReStore stopped taking donations of used dishwashers, sinks, faucets, disposers, toilets and who knows what else.
Write to your legislator to ask them to limit liability of nonprofit resellers of these things.
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