Sunday, 5 June 2011
We find that asking nicely works beautifully.
We had high hopes of making all kinds of things from them but, truth be told, we've made very little and their highest utility to date has been as firewood.
We used one to make a gate.
We used some to make new compost heap structures and we built a small wood store near the house.
But now we have found a way to strip a pallet effectively and efficiently using a very clever device that we have recently purchased.
You can read all about it, and see much better pictures here on the OTG Forum.
I will confess that we were a little dubious at first as we thought that it may not work on the Pallets we have. However, we were assured that the only pallet it cannot tackle is a Solid Deck Pallet.
All the information can be found at the link we have given and Gareth from Cargo Cycles is very friendly and helpful.
Delivery was quick. We were told when it was dispatched and given a tracking reference so we knew when it would arrive.
We are over the moon with it. It really is so simple to use although I really must learn to curb my enthusiasm. After jumping up and down like a 12 year old saying "Let me have a go!" I can no longer hide behind "I can't do it". I had thought it would be too heavy for me to heft, but it is so perfectly balanced that you hardly notice that you are holding it and it does not take a huge amount of effort to use.
And it works!
Of course, not all pallets are 'well made' and sometimes the wood splits around the nails so there is still firewood to be had. But it is much more effective and efficient than methods we were employing before which included trying to lift panels off with a crowbar and sawing the blocks off to give us short planks.
Sadly, the weekend after we took delivery it persisted it down with rain so the Pallet Pile still reigns supreme. But we know that once we start into it, it won't take long for us to reduce the Pile into more manageable and usable pieces and then there will be no stopping us....and we shall be boring you with our Pallet Projects.