A Singular, Sweeping Example of Reuse

By Ted Reiff

Since so much of our activity is focused on deconstruction and the salvage and distribution of used building materials, it follows that I have a special interest in how people put used materials to work. I'm always on the lookout for unusually innovative, functional or aesthetic projects. This month I want to share with you a project that is all three — and so extensive in breadth and ingenuity as to be almost unbelievable.

A little background: I received an email from a woman wanting to know if her family's project might be eligible to enter the annual TRP National Reuse Contest. Unfortunately, due to certain contest rules it was not. However, the woman's description of the project so piqued my curiosity that the next time I was in her area of the country, I drove to see it for myself.

Now, you can read the (as yet) unpublished article that resulted from my visit. I've kept it under wraps for far too long, hoping to interest some building or home-improvement periodical in picking it up. That effort having thus far failed, here it is. Enjoy!

Employment Opportunity

TRP is seeking a versatile individual for the position of Crew Chief. Primary responsibilities include managing 5 and 10 person crews on deconstruction projects, maintaining jobsite safety and assisting the TRP deconstruction manager with estimating and bidding. The candidate must be bilingual (English/Spanish), adept in the use of Microsoft Office, knowledgeable concerning residential construction, and skilled in oral/written communication. Compensation is a combination of base salary plus incentive. TRP offers health care, the usual holidays and vacations, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) program, and an outstanding work environment.

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring electrical and regular Douglas fir. Receive 25% off the price of any electrical fixture or selection of regular Douglas fir through May 31.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring doors and windows. Purchase one door at the regular price and receive a second door of the same or lesser value, FREE. Plus, receive 15% off the price of any window the warehouse. Both specials through May 31.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse has new supplies of versatile plywood in 1/2, 5/8 and 3/4-inch thicknesses. Stock up now for spring and summer repair and remodeling projects.


New inventory at the Los Angeles warehouse includes multiple solid-wood doors with frosted glass in various sizes, a metal frame closet organizer with sliding baskets, and a sturdy cast iron wood-burning stove that just needs a quick coat of paint.

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Location and Contact Information

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA  94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00

Please visit our partnering warehouses:

The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00

Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7733
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00

Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 459-9803
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 263-0136
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
(435) 487-9015
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday

Recycle Utah
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9698
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00

Reuse Depot
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 223-0502
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays

New England Reuse
400 Sackett Point Rd
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 230-2638
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-5:00p; Saturday 9:00-1:00p

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