I've always hated waste. When I was working as a carpenter here in the San Francisco Bay area, it bothered me to see doors, redwood lumber, and quality cabinets go into the dumpster during the demolition phase of a remodeling job. "Teardown" projects — which involve demolishing an existing house to make way for a new one — bothered me even more.

There wasn't much I could do about it when I was working for other contractors, but when I started my own construction company in 1991, I was determined to prevent good material from turning into trash. I started by publishing a local newsletter that advertised the availability of materials at various job sites around town.

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