Category Archives: Reduce Reuse Recycle

Featuring recycled/reused materials and products.

Used Gas Cooktop

About the same time I was shopping on craigslist for kitchen appliances, I found a 30″ gas cooktop for sale. The owner wanted to wait until it was taken out for their remodel, so we waited until just last week … Continue reading

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Polyiso Insulation Boards

The polyiso insulation boards have been going up on the ceiling! We purchased a “bunk” of recycled boards from Repurposed Materials. Or it may have been two bunks–or about 60 4×8 sheets. This is the same recycling business that sold … Continue reading

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Sconce Lights Craigslist Find

I’ve been working on the electrical layout and planning to keep wiring from the outside walls and inside the thermal envelope. We have one large wiring chase across the building ceiling and plan to have all the rest of the … Continue reading

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Re-Used Polyisocyanurate Ceiling

Dave has almost finished the 1.5″ polyiso layer on the ceiling. This is the insulation that we bought from Repurposed Materials. The extra insulation on the ceiling is to eliminate the thermal bridging in the wood rafters. The walls of … Continue reading

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Track Lighting

We noticed that our living area is very dark at night. This could just be the contrast with how light it is during the day, or it is because the clerestory is so high that light gets lost in the … Continue reading

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Moving the Fish

So today was spa moving day! We hooked up the new trailer, stopped by Arvada Rent-alls and rented a Gin Pole and a set of 8 ton rollers. We also had filled up the truck with tarps, bubble wrap, tape, … Continue reading

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Two Loads of Rubber Tile

I will add another project to the list. Build the front patio with these rubber tiles. These are recycled rubber tiles that I found in a craigslist ad. The guy had two pallets and wanted to sell them all at … Continue reading

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Tarnished Energy Gems

It appears that SERI had a good deal of influence in the 80’s in the Denver area. I say this because I purchased a solar hot water system from a couple in Centennial who bought a foreclosure that has a … Continue reading

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Reused Outdoor Lights

These were the original lights at the doors. They may have been homemade as they were cedar like the siding with white plastic covers. They were much the worse for wear, with the wood cracking and breaking and the lights … Continue reading

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Novan Solar Hot Water System

I have been searching on craigslist for a hot water solar system for some time.  A month or so ago, I went to look at one that was $800 for three panels, a control system and tank that all needed … Continue reading

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