"[RICHMOND, TX] For nearly three weeks, Donald Thomas, a Home Depot
employee, fought for his life at a Houston hospital after being run over by
someone trying to steal pallets..."
I guess that's why HD tells employees not to bother crooks...
'Course this being Texas, if HD allowed its employees to carry guns, the
worker could have just shot the thief instead of throwing himself under the
On Thu, 13 Mar 2008 05:51:48 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
Not all pallets are worth money. In my area many end up in the
dumpster. Some people; that can burn wood, salvage them for fire wood.
A local on Craigslist will sometimes offer $0.50 for them..I notice he
is picky about them. I suppose he resells the better quality pallets.
I bought some roofing tiles a couple of years ago and had them
delivered. I was charged a $17.00 'core charge' for the pallet. That
was refundable when the pallet was returned.
It never occurred to me pallets were valuable. You can always find a
bunch of them in construction dumpsters around "block" time or "roof
tile" time or "paver" time and they will hold them out for you if you
ask. They don't like paying to have the dumpster guy haul them away.
Pallets fill up a dumpster in a hurry.
Value varies. Some pallets are odd sized and have no value at all. Others
are say, 48 x 40, 4 way entry and meet specifications used in certain
industries and are easily sold and do have good value.
I need the 48 x 40 for one customer and I buy reconditioned for $5 each. At
the same time, we get in material from China on containers and get 36
pallets at a time and no one wants them due to the odd size. 43 x 37.
Perhaps things have changed, but my father was an amateur woodworker,
and he usually started with a pallet. They were made of very good
hardwood, albeit rough cut, and if you found a piece that was clean, you
could work it into a very good piece of wood. I still have a nice desk
we (he, with me reluctantly helping) made. It would be hard to find and
afford equivalent wood today, at least where HD has driven out the old
Most pallets are made from hardwood, albeit the lesser grades, but there are
always some good boards to be found. If you look on the woodworking page of
my web site you'll see a doll sized oak desk I made for my wife.
Reclaiming pallet wood takes a little time, the size is restricted, but it
has cost benefits also. I've heard of people getting some rather exotic
wood from imported goods on pallets or in crates too.
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