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Converting your attic

It can be hard to find the space to store all of the items that we need, so it's important to make the most of all the space in your house. If you have a dusty loft or attic with a collection of messy boxes, sometimes the answer can be to convert the attic into a proper storage area with lighting and storage cabinets for the items that you really need. You might be surprised what you find lurking up there when you actually clean it up and organise the area properly! Read on to learn more about attic conversions.

Converting your attic

Materials That Can Be Recovered Or Recycled From A DIY Demolition Job

by Guillermo Caballero

In past decades, homeowners who wished to demolish an outbuilding or a shed on their property would simply fill a skip with all the waste material, and send it off to landfill. However, such a blatant disregard for proper recycling in today's society would be frowned upon, and for good reason; almost all of a demolished outbuilding or shed can be reused or recycled. This article looks at how to identify suitable materials to recover from a demolition job, and some of the materials themselves. Read more info below. 

Can It Be Reused Or Recycled

Before starting the demolition process, rule out reusing and recycling any material that has been spoiled or damaged through contamination with other materials or substances, such as liquids. Additionally, any materials that have suffered damage from insects or fire should also be disregarded.

What To Recover

Although all of the material can be assessed for reusing and recycling, some areas of an outbuilding or shed will provide material that can be sold on to recycling yards for a decent amount of money. Be sure to recover:

  • Structural steel or wood
  • Any reinforcement bar
  • Metal or wooden window frames and doorways
  • Any internal heating, such as radiators
  • Any air ducting and equipment
  • Copper piping
  • Metal gutters

Other Recoverable Materials

If the building you are demolishing has any concrete or asphalt leading surrounding it, these materials can be reused or recycled as well. If you plan to do any future DIY jobs involving making up concrete, you could hold onto the old asphalt or concrete and crush it up to use for rough aggregate. Or, you could choose to recycle it, by delivering the material to a recycling center; it will be crushed up and reused in any case.  Any other masonry, such as brick or rubble, can also be reused by you, or recycled. Finally, any glass recovered is easy to recycle at a center with appropriate facilities.

Some Things You Can't Reuse Or Recycle Easily

There are a few things that cannot readily or easily be reused or recycled. Some of these materials include:

  • Felt roofing, as it is not likely this material will be recovered sufficiently enough to be reused
  • Plasterboard or gypsum
  • Skim ceiling
  • Aged fluorescent tube lighting
  • Wooden battens (although you could retain these to use as scrap blocks of wood if they are not wet or damaged).

Spending a little time assessing what you can recover before demolishing a building will help you to reuse and recycle as much material as possible.

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