Another way to find materials for your remodeling project or addition is to visit local construction sites. Visiting these sites at the end of the work day gives you a chance to find discarded items you need. If you decide to just browse these sites on your own, be sure to browse only the dumpsters. Items placed in a dumpster can reasonably be considered trash. Materials in other parts of the building site are not fair game. Another way to approach this source of building materials is to visit during the lunch hour and talk with the contractor or subcontractor. If you explain your project and your objective, they might be willing to place scrap materials in a designated place for you so you don’t have to dig through the dumpsters. And, if they offer you something you don’t really need at the moment, take it. You might need it later, or you might be able to swap it with someone for something you do need.

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