Thursday, January 31, 2013

Weather and update

Hey everyone,
Is the weather crazy or is it just me?
Last Friday we got 1 1/2" of snow and the temps dropped into the 20's!! And two days later it was in the 40's with rain. No more snow. And yesterday it was 75 degrees with high winds and lots of rain over night! And now they are telling us that we may get more snow tomorrow! CRAZY!!

As far as the update....
I have not gotten much done with regards to the Chicken Hotel. Work and the weather have had an impact. I tried to get some work done the other morning after work, But after less then an hour, I couldn't even feel the screws I was holding in my hand! It was past time to get in the house and warm up!

I had Tuesday and Wednesday off and I was able to make two major SCORES for the Homestead!

Score # 1

3 truck loads of pallets!

And as you can see,  they are not your typical pallets. 2x4 and 1x4 are what most of them are made of!

And there are a few of them that are over 10 feet long!
They are building a new "Walgreen's" in town and they had a dumpster full of them. I had to unload the dumpster to get to the ones I wanted and then put the ones I did not want back in. It took 3 trips to get them all home and they are on the back deck for right now. When I get the work shop delivered, I will have a place to store them and break them down.

 Score #2

Below is a picture of the inside of the truck bed. And what is that in there? 38 2"x3"x8' Pine posts and 6 2x"2"x8' oak posts. Also several shorter sections of 2"x4"

Some nails still need to be removed.

And over the top of all of that are 1"x4"x8' boards! And some shorter sections of the same.

I got all of this at the import company that I have mentioned before. They had 3 shipping containers of marble  that were packed in this lumber and I had to wait until they could off load each stack. Then I broke it down, pulled nails and loaded it all into the truck. It took all day just to get what I did. When I left, there was still several stacks that had to be unloaded. They asked if I would be back next week for another load. When I said that I would, they said that they would set the rest of the wood off to one side for me. Normally they just burn it all.

And why do I consider all of this a big score? It only coast me the time to pick it up!!! Yep...Free!!!! And that's the right price! I will find some projects to use all of this in!



  1. Wow, free is a really good word!!! I love getting things for free. Great score!!!!

  2. Now thats a score! We built most of our addition with found/free wood. Sure helps the budget out

  3. What a great load of pallets you have there. I just saw a post that I thought you might enjoy. pallet tables. Emily