Hi!! So, I have a pile of dirty pallets, they were used for my enclosed outdoor kitchen and took a beating plus I am sure they had previous lives (uses). I also have some (well, alot) of steel fencing. Well, first I would like your opinion on how to clean the pallets (from chemicals, dust, dirt, etc) and what to do with all the fencing. It was used for my previous homestead but since I am not planning on staying where I temporarily am, just curious: What shall I do with it all?
What are you planning to use the pallets for? I'd base the cleaning method on that. I'd probably lean towards Daniel's suggestion of letting rain and sun take care of it. Though since you said they were part of an outdoor kitchen, I imagine they might have some grime from cooking on them? That might require either power washing or perhaps a good scrub with some biodegradable soap and water. Again, depending what you want to use them for. If it's outdoor use, I would think they're okay with just rain. If you need them really, really clean for some reason, you could sand them. But that would be quite a bit of work.
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Fae, I'm not sure I understand your attachment to the pallets. (throwing stones from over here in my glass house... +5 more today to the pile of 60+ for a BIG project coming up.)
If you intend to keep and re-use them in your *next* living situation, maybe washing them and storing them off the ground at least, or maybe under cover might be worth it? maybe?
Similar for steel fencing, bundled neatly and off the ground, maybe under cover... I might be more inclined to keep this.
If these things are in your way now, and could be replaced later, maybe it's better to move them along.
A "FREE" sign on them at the roadside, a Craigslist ad, offer to friends or neighbors?
Not instructing you to commit illegal dumping, but many of the places that folks like us have picked up pallets from, probably wouldn't notice any being *returned* to their pile one or two at a time... or "exchanged" for clean ones...
There are pallet recyclers that often collect pallets from destinations, and repair/resell them to those doing the shipping. If you had a lot of pallets, it's possibly a way to get them gone all at once.
The steel fencing might get picked up by a metal scrapper, within a few hours if you are in an urban area. Or, scrap it yourself and get some $$.
You could use the pallets for firewood, or offer them up for firewood. Make it more attractive for takers, and cut them up and leave the pieces out at the curb + "FREE FIREWOOD" sign = *gone!*
Nails are sold by the pound, that makes sense.
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