Category: ‘Fenestration’

Vintage Window Restoration

July 8, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

The South Bay Area has always been lacking in qualified building restoration experts and craftsman. Bill Wilson is both local and knowledgeable about issues involving old windows, and will fix your windows, returning their beauty and function.

His website is http://www.vintagewindowrestoration.com

In his words:

Sometimes older windows don’t open or close properly, which are the main reasons old windows are associated with draftiness. These problems can almost always be remedied without replacing the windows. The loudest complaints about “drafty old windows” seem to come from contractors who sell replacement windows. The truth is that most replacement windows can be far inferior to the old ones.

New San Jose ReStore Now Open

June 2, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

As planned, the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore has opened at 1608 Las Plumas, off King Road in San Jose’s Berryessa neighborhood.

Went to the grand opening Saturday May 31, and the place if huge and starting to fill up with good stuff. Bought a couple of bags of mulch for my parking strip flowers.

Gonna look around my stuff to see what I can donate to them.San Jose ReStore on Las Plumas

Great ReStore News!

April 9, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Just dropped by Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore on South Second Street in downtown San Jose, and saw a notice that a new store is opening in San Jose on May 31 at 1608 Las Plumas. The site looks to be the old City Corp Yard. That site had lots of open space, so perhaps there will be an outdoor yard for larger building items. The last time I was there was to take a look at the roof trusses of the old YWCA building.  The Julia Morgan designed YWCA was demolished during the early days of Redevelopment in downtown San Jose, but they City had salvaged the trusses and left them at the Las Plumas Corp Yard.

I’ll drop by soon and take some photos to see what’s going on.

Yard Sale makes to news

March 11, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

This Spring’s PACSJ yard sale has now warranted it’s own article in the Mercury News. Twice a year we now see the below collection activity going on at 260 South Thirteenth Street in Naglee Park.

yardsale

Old Doors Windows Arches

February 21, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

As noted before, Craigslist items have limited online life. This one from Livermore is intriguing however. As stated in the post:

“I have some doors, wood, arches, trim. Somewhere around 50 doors. They are from the late 1800’s to newer. Price range from $20.00 to $75.00 depends on what door. I have a couple of old windows $10.00 each. I have 10 arches left they need some work $100.00 each Tons of barn wood and trim/moldings. I am located in Livermore.”

I wonder where these arches came from?

Arches

Strata Design Studio

February 20, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Architect associate John Tabuena-Frolli AIA has recently expanded his proprietorship and can now be reached via his website:

www.stratadesignstudio.com

John has been a “building salvage guy” for a long time; his interest stems from his expertise as a building conservator. We will include him in our list of sources. He has worked on a number of whole house relocations, and is a member of the board of the California-Nevada Barn Alliance.

Whatever happened to Sanger Sales?

February 16, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

In the mid-1970s, I became infatuated with a salvage yard called Sanger Sales. I believe it was located to the north of Story Road on Felipe Avenue just west of Highway 101. I remember after the interchange was built, you could see it down below, a large rambling site filled with treasurers. It seems to have been there from about the early 1970s to about 1990 or so. During that time, there were a number of salvage yards in San Jose, including Anderson’s and an indoor place on the north side of West Julian Street at about North San Pedro Street. The indoor place had mainly wood related products. The Anderson’s site is still there on North Montgomery Street filled with stuff. Wonder what’s going on there.

Anderson's today

Anderson’s today – Google Street View

The non-profit places such as Salvation ArmySt. Vincent DePaul’s, and Goodwill also used to have salvage yards – or what were then called boneyards. My favorite was the St. Vincent DePaul’s located on Coleman Avenue north of West Taylor Street. They moved to South Seventh Street later and had a large indoor selection of furniture as well as cars (I bought my 1987 Alfa Romeo there). Their last location was on Story Road, and by then they were ratcheting it down to household items. They all abandoned the salvage market, maybe due to insurance reasons. The Salvation Army and Goodwill sadly now sell mainly household goods.

Next PACSJ yard sale

February 14, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

March 13-15 has been set for the date of the next PACSJ yard sale. These are held on South 13th Street, and have a plethora of often interesting salvage items as well as other brickbat at reasonable prices.  From their website:

Preservation Action Council, is hosting its Spring community clear out. Please consider donating your unneeded items to us. This is a garage and salvage sale so there will 4 house-yards full of intriguing and mundane items that need to find new homes. All items are priced so it is easy to shop. Checks accepted! Cash is better! We can provide donation receipts if alerted in advance that you need one and what is being donated. Start sorting through closets, the attic and the basement for the unloved, the unwanted, the still boxed gift from Aunt Molly. We will accept almost anything that can be resold. Must be in working order. Please wait until Valentine’s Day to deliver to my house: 260 South 13th Street. Local pick ups may be scheduled.

Windows to excess

February 3, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

There are close to 100 windows remaining from salvage days back in the mid-2000s. An attempt was made early-on to protect them from rain. Time and energy were lost to entropy however. I’ve been pulling out and sorting, and hope to save for re-use the remaining windows with “good”sash.  Some of the Craftsman multi-lite windows have been sought after for artistic projects, and old glass extracted from rotting frames is good for repairs. I’ve recently been giving away some of the good ones for use in building hot-houses. Some amazing structures of this type can be found online. I’ll highlight those in subsequent postings. Meanwhile, it is sort, save, and recycle.

Window salvage

ReStore Silicon Valley

January 27, 2014 Posted by Yard Guy

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore Silicon Valley opened over a year ago at 1008 South Second Street in downtown San Jose.

In their own words:

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.  Habitat for Humanity ReStores are proudly owned and operated by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and proceeds are used to build homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.

ReStore Silicon Valley

I drop by about once a week to see if they have any new items of interest. Their stock is primarily new stuff, donated from construction projects or manufacturers. Parking is available from both South Second and South Third Streets. They are open Tuesday-Saturday 9-5.