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Salvage Tips #4 (more free materials towards your tiny house/cabin/building projects….
May 30, 2011, 6:24 am
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Here’s a cool email (below) I got the other day from a blog reader- left as is- some cool ideas, and Mike’s right, boatyards tend to be a place that “harbor” (wocka, wocka…), wasteful types…..

As always, we appreciate any of your ideas and input….. and we’ll have more photos on that recent gypsy wagon project soon.
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boatyard painting from samlow.com

 Hi Deek,

Bought your book, follow your blog, always accumulating stacks of rescued boards and lumber in the back yard for projects.
A great place to dumpster dive: boatyards, especially now when guys are taking off the winter covers and getting ready to put the boats in the water. 
Stuff I have actually found in boatyard dumpsters:
* Lots of 1×2 lath (used as supports for winter covers)…. I built a tree house out of this stuff, and an arbor for my back deck.
* Plastic shrink wrap material … a substitute for Tyvek? (Deek: Prob TOO airtight- but there would be tons of other uses for it).
* Copper wire
* left over, partially empty cans of paint (Deek: Marine paint is usually very high grade, and VERY expensive).
* various boat fittings (hinges, latches, other nice chrome plated bronze thingies)
* quality lumber, especially teak, oak and mahogany.  I just finished building a really nice sofa table out of thrown out oak lumber and the top is a couple of mahogany boards that were the back seat of an outboard boat. Little useless chunks of oak board make my Sunday barbeque smell like a fancy Italian restaurant. (Deek: GREAT firewood too- if not treated/stained).
* electronics (marine radios, cd players, speakers etc.) Some broken, some not.
* flare guns and flares …. July 4 fun?  Home defense??? (Deek: Er…..might want to leave these behind- lol- unless for use on your own boat).
* First aid kits and supplies
* fishing tackle and lead fishing weights (can be sold for the metal melt value)
* rope, cord, fishing line
* tons of recyclable bottles and cans = $$$
A couple of hours on weekend mornings cruising the boatyard dumpsters along Quincy-Weymouth-Hingham (Massachusetts) coast usually yield about $30 in recyclable beverage units plus AT LEAST a couple of the other treasures listed above.(plus, its fun! (Deek’s note)).
All the best,
Mike
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Good stuff Mike! Thanks so much!
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen

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I recently hit a building bonanza at a counter-top fabrication shop with an open dumpster/roll-away. Counter tops are sensitive to water, but for little shelves and tables, its the perfect material. Also, lots of plywood and 2×4 leftovers as well. Always dive the back roads of Industrial/Commercial Zoning!

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