Category Archives: Reduce Reuse Recycle

Featuring recycled/reused materials and products.

Landscaping Fabric

I purchased this “professional” landscaping fabric from a guy on craigslist for $75. The roll is 4 foot by 225 feet so longer than what I could purchase at the home improvement store. It is heavier fabric too. I used … Continue reading

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Repurposed Fiberglass Packing Corners

I love perusing the offerings at Repurposed Materials. Actually I kind of hate to see them growing by leaps and bounds because they were my own little treasure trove here in Denver while now good stuff is located in Chicago, … Continue reading

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Temporary Bathroom

I picked up another free toilet. This one is also a Glacier Bay but it is a dual flush. It is currently selling at Home Depot for $98. Since I broke the first one I got for free, I promptly … Continue reading

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Front Stoop

One of the tasks we have to complete before the doors can be repainted is to put in a patio in front of the french doors. I remember my grandmother used to call the door patio a “stoop”. We were … Continue reading

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Flagstone Stoop Partial Progress

Another project I am working on is finishing the front stoop flagstone patio. I ran out of flagstone and have been looking on craigslist for low cost or free stones. I missed a free stone offer because the truck had … Continue reading

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New Twist on the Chiller Problem

I have been doing a lot of reading about DIY chilling systems and looking at systems that immerse a coil in a box of water and pump water in and out etc. Most of them are rather primitive, but there … Continue reading

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Beautiful Stoop!

I had to go back to the ladies who sold me the extra flagstone to get enough stone to finish the stoop. They had another customer pick up all the rest of the stone but saved me a wheelbarrow full. … Continue reading

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Insulation Inspection Done

First thing this morning I arrived at the building department to check if the building permit was expired. The online information said it expired on 8/24 so I was worried that the inspection I scheduled on Friday after I finished … Continue reading

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New Tub and Faucet

Another amazing Craiglist find; thank goodness people in the Denver area use it regularly. I did not see so many and such variety of offerings when I lived in Arizona. Although it seems that most of the city’s best deals … Continue reading

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Waterway Rainscreen

Just as I was planning the rainscreen layer for the siding, Repurposed Materials had an auction to move some of their excess inventory. Among the treasures being sold were several rolls of Waterway rainscreen. The rolls are 35′ long and … Continue reading

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Craigslist Vanity and Doors

I sometimes wonder how the things I like will come together in one coherent style. I have called the kitchen post industrial rustic. I think the new master bathroom vanity fits that description. I know I like a tall vanity … Continue reading

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Energy Star Washer and Gas Dryer

I noticed that our older washing machine was leaking every time we did a load. The leak seemed to increase in volume and I had wanted to replace this older washer with a more energy efficient one for our LEED … Continue reading

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Compare Energy Star 2008 to Energy Star 2016

So I know you are wondering, how efficient is an eight year old Energy Star appliance– especially compared to today’s standards? I wondered myself. Energy Star minimums have decreased over time. I happened to have downloaded the clothes washer excel … Continue reading

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One Thing Leads to Another

When I woke up this morning I had no idea I was going to be painting a wall. But I cleared the dining room floor for scrubbing and sealing and decided I better wash the block wall before I put … Continue reading

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Bogged Down in the Bathroom

Sometimes I just feel totally bogged down. While Dave has been busy spreading composted manure he got from a local horse farm and potting/topsoil from a marijuana growing operation–they deliver it for free–on the gardens and flower beds, I have … Continue reading

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Stud Wall Plans

I updated the stud wall plans to reflect a few of the changes from the original drawings. I’m using Sweet Home 3D which I downloaded for free several years ago. When I tried to open it I got an error … Continue reading

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The Gathering

Not of family but of materials. I have been craigslisting for weeks looking for doors for the master bedroom. I may have found some but have to go see them this weekend. I was taken by a set of arched … Continue reading

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Arizona Wisdom and Geometry

We lived in Arizona for almost 15 years and learned to love the flora and fauna native to the state. Despite years of living in the midwest, we had read about saguaro cactus, prickly pear, creosote bushes, palo Verde, mesquite, … Continue reading

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Interior Doors

I decided to buy these craigslist doors and I worry that they are not quite right for the house. They are just made out of 2 x 6’s which would normally have a tendency to warp but these seem to … Continue reading

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From Heating to Cooling in One Week

I bought a little something to help with cooling this summer. It is an older Convair Award 2000 portable evaporative cooler. Again from Craigslist and only $20. I brought it home just in time as today is in the upper … Continue reading

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