We're planning on doing a remodel involving a new wall and hand-built
shower stall with a budget of around $2,000 for materials. The
problem is, that we don't have a truck and I don't want to bother
anyone to borrow theirs for all the drywall, studs and tile we're
Is there any solution to this? I've seen that HD will actually rent
out trucks for like $20/hr, but it looks like a hassle and I don't want
to be responsible for their under maintained fleet vehicle, even if
only for an hour.
Do you see any obvious solution?
I thought HD and Lowes delivered? maybe no more...
You could figure the price differential for going to a regular lumber
yard that delivers- 84 lumber, whatever is around.
The lumber will be better, as well.
I don't see many rental trucks on the side of the road either, but when
I do it seems it's usually a U-Haul and one of the van based ones. Can't
remember ever seeing one of the Internationals or similar medium duty
truck from Budget or Rollins or Penskee or whoever on the side of the
On Wed, 03 Jan 2007 22:26:26 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
I don't think uhaul trucks are bad, but I don't think one can judge
anything by what he sees on the side of the road. I only see a car or
truck on the side maybe every 2 weeks, and I know there are thousands
that break down in that same time. It's just not a good sample.
In 2005 a canadian investigative journalism TV show ("W5" if you're
interested) did an investigation into UHaul.
They rented 13 trucks in 4 cities, and all of them failed safety
inspections at 3rd party garages. Worn out brakes (metal-on-metal in
one case), loose steering, broken seatbelts, etc. In 2006 they rented 9
trucks, and 7 of them failed inspection.
Apparantly UHaul's incidence of truck problems is 5x the industry average.
I've sworn off UHaul.
Very good point about the trailer. I've got a good buddy with four
kids who lives out in the boonies just outside of Valley Center, KS.
He went out and got a mini-van after having a fourth child about 8
years ago, then picked up a 4x8 or so hand-made trailer. The van's
even got trailer light hookups, go figure.
he takes that thing all over the place, he gets firewood, building
materials...hell, he even came and picked up my old olympic sized
weightbench with that beast. I was impressed at how much it would
hold, especially when he told me that he's got a 4x8 1/2" OSB that he
throws on the top that he can lock when they're going on vacation.
Beats the snot out of one of those car-top deals and holds a LOT more.
for some reason, ford mounted a rear valance of my 2004 Mustang GT in
such a way that welding a hitch on would be, interesting, to say the
least. I'd have to cut out a lot of ABS and fiberglass just to get to
the frame.... or I wouldn't be asking the question, i'd be borrowing a
I think I've got it worked out guys, delivery ain't that bad. Thanks
Plan ahead and rent a truck? Budget usually seems to have the best
trucks, U-Haul usually has the worst. When I moved I needed to rent a
truck with a lift gate to move stuff from several locations to the semi
doing the actual move. Budget came through with a big International 4300
with 24' box and lift gate with a couple thousand miles on it i.e.
practically new at a good rate. It lined up nicely with the semi for
palette jacking stuff between the two.
Here's what we did. We remodeled a lot. Three rooms. We did make trips to
the dump, as I have a pickup.
BUT, the trashmen picked up a lot of it. You just have to cut it up in
small pieces and put it out a little at a time. Being out there when they
come with some bottles of water or some cold sodas works wonders, too. One
day, we had a bunch of cabinets, and drywall and studs, and they backed the
truck into the driveway and took it all.
May or may not work where you live depending on your refuse hauler.
Thanks fellas. IIRC, Lowe's does deliver for $50 here.
Re the waste issue... I live in KS where waste laws aren't too bad, so
I just drop stuff off in ditches out in the country when I can.
Actually, I just finished chopping up a couch into trash can sized
pieces with an axe, a sawzall and a die grinder a few weekends ago. We
actually threw out the kitchen sink last weekend, got a kick out of
that. gotta start on a twin sized mattress next.
What it boils down to, as far as waste goes, is that almost everything
has salvage value. For example, we replaced all the trim in the house
with newer white stuff. Rather than go out and buy shoe molding to
match, we took the old 2.5" casing and set the table saw up at 3/4",
and ripped out perfect shoe.... now I just gotta paint it.
Find someone who's finishing a basement, they can use all kinds of
stuff that you were gonna throw out. A buddy is using my laminate
scrap to make a downstairs wet bar, another is using my old kitchen
faucet on his bar.... not too mention that they took all of my old
light colored flat latex opened gallons to use as primer for their
Just a little thing we like to do, especially because we're broke.
Thank goodness for the Mennonite Housing folks, they put 8 families
together and have them build each others 8 houses together, so they're
all real good at a few things by the time they finish, then you just
gotta track down the fella who did Stairs, for example or Plumbing and
they can tell you whatever you need to know, or they'll come by and
help you out for a few beers or do the whole job for $20 hour or so.
:Actually, I just finished chopping up a couch into trash can sized
:pieces with an axe, a sawzall and a die grinder a few weekends ago.
I tried doing this, but gave up. I do have an axe but no sawzall and
what's a die grinder? I tried to disassemble it, but didn't get too far.
I called the city, who does a once a year pickup of large items and they
wouldn't waive me in spite of the fact I've only called them once. It
happened to be in 2006. So, they said I can schedule after the first of
the year. As of Monday, I call call them and have them haul away the
used-to-be couch on my front porch!
You could always just call your garbage company and have them deliver a
dumpster. they come in various sizes, from 5 cubic yards to 25 cubic
yards, with various prices. I remodelled a couple of years ago, which
meant I had to clean out the house, which meant I had to clean out the
barn. My wife and I filled six 25 cubic yard dumpsters, we sold two van
loads of furniture to a second hand dealer, and I hauled several pickup
loads of good junk to Goodwill and Salvation Army.
Farms do tend to accumulate stuff. Quite a bit of the dumpster stuff
was left over from the previous owner. When we moved out of our last
place, we parked a dumpster next to the house and the moving van in the
driveway. To load the van, you had to carry it past the dumpster.
Anyone who helped got dumpster diving privileges.
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