November 29, 2006
Reuse, repurpose, recycle. So many things from this house are being ripped out and stacked in the front yard, back yard, and in the bin.
There are two water heaters (only one came from this house—where'd the other come from?), a washer, dryer, door, and kitchen sink in the front. Add a refrigerator and a rusted-out car and we could make an installation art piece with found objects. Fact is that all of this will go to a new home somewhere. Makes the mess bearable for the time being.
We're also salvaging all the long leaf pine from the rafters and walls. Much of it is being reused in the upstairs construction and to patch the siding on the first floor. And we still have a pile of odds and ends of the pine stacked in the backyard—a stack as tall as I am. We're hoping to use some of it to face the treads on the stairs.
And in the bin on the side of the house is old copper piping, pieces of wood, nails and other scraps. Best thing, I'm told the disposal service will sort through it all and mulch the wood and recycle whatever can be reclaimed. What a service. It takes Dumpster diving to an art form. Glad I don't have to sort through all of this—but to know it will be done feels really good.