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William Bronson
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Hey Dale, having been inspired by your example I saw a craigslist add for "free" vinyl siding,of course the siding was still on the house...they were trying to sucker someone Into doing the job for free.
So I offered to do the job for the right price and he agreed to consider my bid.
Question is , how to price this job? I often do plumbing but have never done deconstruction.
Any hints? Its a one story 1300 square foot house .
Dump fees start at $35 bucks gate fee, which covers three yards, $12 each additional yard, but we might be able to donate a lot of it to a non profit that sells salvaged building materials.

Thanks for the inspiration and thank you for any advice you can spare...
 
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Hi William. I'm glad to help. The first thing to check is that the siding isn't brittle. A house that size should be quick and easy. Vinyl is very forgiving when abused. I imagine very little waste. I usually do it with a wonder bar. It will go quickly. Often, once started a sheet can be ripped off the wall without damaging it too badly. Care must be taken to avoid damage to the corners and J-trim.

Do it while the weather is warm. It can be brittle when cold.

I'm going to give a guesstimate of $200 to $400. It's hard to convert free ads to large contracts. Your costs will be very small. The stuff might be worth pulling for free. Don't do it. It'll be so much sweeter when you show people the new building and you can recite a list of all of the materials the you were paid to take away.

Edit - I read again and see that you don't need the material. Run an ad offering it free or cheap. Get them to pick it up or pay you for delivery. I cut trees in the city regularly and dispose of the debris through ads and a phone list of every firewood hound In Victoria.

Call anytime after 6pm Pacific. We'll go over the finer points of vinyl salvage. Dale 250 588 3366. That number spells LUV DEMO.
 
William Bronson
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Thanks for your generous reply!
They managed to get someone to do it for free...
Oh well. I am already in the mind set,so soon I will be converting "free" hot tubs into $50.00(?) a pop.
Of course I might need a trailer if I want them intact but I have a lead on a free one!
 
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$50 seems pretty cheap for hot tub removal. Call some of the dealers. They'll give you an idea of the going rate for this sort of thing and they are the best source for leads. Around here it starts at $150. No need to be the cheapest. That position is generally reserved for idiots. Better to be the best and charge for it.
 
William Bronson
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Cools. Hey,have you ever used a hot tub as a roof for a shack? I am thinking of a pit with an inverted hot tub for the roof....
 
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I've never seen that. If your roof were super strong, the tub could be used in the upright position. It would store a lot of water. An overflow could keep it full, half full or at some other level. Toilet and wash water could gravity feed to point of use. In summer, a cooling roof pond could be maintained.

Used upside-down, most tubs would need a lot of clean up. Pipes and jets, wires, wood and foam cover the bottoms of tubs. All of the goo makes tub bottoms unsightly and difficult to bring to any sort of roof like smoothness.
 
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Just checking to see where you're going with this idea.

I got a free tub and I'm placing it on the roof of a building with a very strong gabion (heavy wire enclosure filled with rocks) wall. It will heat in the sun and an adjacent solar collector will boost the temperature. I'm going to bathe up there, and drain down to vegetable beds.
 
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