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Eco-Strip
What out for the toxic lead leaking from those old, reclaimed bath tubs. Test them for lead before you soak your kids and pregnant friends in them.
   
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Eloine
Photos. Sorry, they didn't attach last time.
   
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Nancy in Mich
We remodeled our kitchen using somebody else's 24 year old kitchen cabinets that I bought from Green Demolitions. I flew an unemployed Michigander to Connecticut and he drove them back in a rental truck I had arranged. It still cost me far less than buying the comparable kitchen new. I sanded and re-stained, hubby applied three oats of finish, and our carpenter put new veneer on in a few places. He also made three new cabinets to match for spaces that we did not have the right cabinet for in the set I bought. The Michigander got a week's pay, Green Demolitions got money toward their charity. I got great cabinets that have most of the features of today's, and the carpenter got a good job in the middle of the recession.

The next year, I purchased a set of lawyer's bookcases from his estate sale for $500, then bought three base cabinets at an office resale shop. Following my design, my carpenter added loads of trim and crown moldings, and now we have a wall of custom built-in book cases with storage for under $4000.

Salvage does not always have to be of antique vintage to save you a ton of money. My carpenter had quoted me over $12000 for that wall of bookshelves with oak. He agreed that the job was easy with the bookcases and base cabinets - except for the painting, which he hates to do and made his helper do!
   

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