Conveyor belt rubber. Stronger than other rubber materials of the same thickness, conveyor belting is made to carry tons of sharp rocks and ore over thousands of feet in mines. Belt rubber is rip, tear and impact resistant.
The rubber converts to great mats for dog kennels, horse and cow stalls, trailers and garage floors. It can line truck beds, be cut into mud flaps or doggy doors, or go under exercise equipment.
The trim ends of conveyor belts make good landscape edging.
Snow fence wood. It can be reused in reclaimed wood flooring, barn siding, corral fencing, decking and bridges. Its weathered patina, tan lines and bolt holes add to its character. You can buy the salvaged snow fence lumber by the bunk. A bunk contains 49 weathered boards (why 49?) and costs $245.
Swimming pool covers. Many of these are so sturdy a cow can walk across them, so manufacturers boast. These breathable covers take sun, hail, rain, wind, and most of Mother Nature's wrath. They can shade a dog run; screen a greenhouse, construction project or tennis court; or cover a pond or compost pile.
Roof pavers. Grab these concrete pavers from demolition sites. The paver tops are flat and the bottoms grated to allow drainage. The slanted edges let pavers lock onto one another. The 12-inch-square pavers – about $1 each — can enjoy a second life as a garden path or patio.
Syndicated columnist and speaker Marni Jameson is the author of “House of Havoc” and “The House Always Wins” (Da Capo Press). Contact her through www.marnijameson.com.