Saturday, February 16, 2008

D&D Salvage

I did a little salvage today. There is an old garage/car parts place called D&D Motors that went out of business a few years ago. For any locals reading, D&D Motors occupied the corrugated buildings behind Walgreen’s, and next to the new Eureka Natural Foods.





The building is nothing to look at from the outside. In fact, it is a down-right eye-sore. It has been there a while, though. The place is framed in old-growth redwood, and about a quarter of one of the buildings was all done in redwood beadboard. I suspect they were originally offices or machine shops for the wool mill that sat at the corner of 14th & Broadway at the turn of the century.

The beadboard on the walls has been beat to crap over the years, but the ceiling was in surprisingly good shape. A friend of a friend got the salvage rights to the place and for the past month we’ve been playing phone tag to try and get in there and strip out the beadboard. I didn’t get it for free, but because I did the work, I got it for .50 cents a lineal foot (it is 1X6 double bead board) and then a certain amount for my labor.

There are a couple of really good things about. Because it was on the ceiling, it is in great shape and has very little paint on it. Also, everything I got was in 10-foot lengths. I got enough to do the utility room in floor to ceiling beadboard. It should look cool. The room has 10.5 foot ceilings, but I can do a frieze like I did in the mudroom, with a 1X12 board, and then stencil it.

It was a lot of work and extremely messy. There was a good half inch of dirt and dust on top of the boards. Just huge clouds of dirt and dust billowed out when a board would get away from you and hit the ground. The friend of a friend who was able to get us in there to get the stuff out was not a lot of help. He is an older gentleman and not well suited for this type of work. It was pretty much me on a ladder for 3 hours. It was a lot of work, but think it will be worth it.

5 comments:

Sandy said...

Great score!

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purejuice said...

i always love it when you rescue really good materials. i'm still smiling about the tile from the jack london bar that you cleaned one at a time. go, you.

Mike said...

I've never given blogs any attention, but yours may have converted me. Entertaining, informative, and personable. I'm gradually renovating/restoring an 1890's small victorian in Redlands, CA. The whole process seems to become an unjustified obsession. Anyway... I'm trying to slightly expand a bathroom that was all enclosed in the 1x6 redwood beadboard (actual dimension 3/4 x 5 1/2). I was wondering if you have about 50 lf left of your salvage that you would be interested in selling (assuming that the dimensions are the same).
Thanks mike@cert.ucr.edu

Greg said...

Mike,

Sorry, all of that is long gone. In fact, I barely had enough for what I was trying to do. There are some large salvage places in the By Area that might have some. It was a common size.

Google 'ohmega salvage'