Wooden It Be Nice

Well, with the snows of winter seemingly behind us at last, we thought it was time to crack on with actually doing some boarding out on Herman. I’d had enough of staggering round the livingroom, clutching my wallet, when I saw the ridiculous prices plywood sheets seemed to fetch these days [even on fleabay], so I had a search round on the intarwebs for something a bit cheaper and nastier.

I came across this place; Timber Recycling in Manchester -or TRIM to its friends, tucked away in amongst some run down old mill buildings in Gorton. We thought it was worth a look, as their prices didnae seem too bad, so off we set on a wood scavenging mission.

TRIM -Gorton, Manchester
TRIM -Gorton, Manchester

When we got there, it was slightly less organised looking than their website led us to believe - just piles of wood of varying quality stacked up in huge racks -and a lot of it quite damp, due to the minimalist approach to roofing.

Inside the yard
Inside the yard

However, the guys who worked there were friendly enough and, after I told them we were after some thick hardboard, plywood, or OSB for panelling out the van, they helped us hoke through the various piles of wood til we found what we were after.

I found a good stack of OSB hidden under some old sheets of crap
I found a good stack of OSB hidden under some old sheets of crap

There wasnae any plywood, but we got about half a dozen big sheets of 10mm OSB about 2m x 1m, a similar no. of big 1m square pieces of 6mm hardboard and 10 lengths of 2x1 planks, about 2-3m long, which we had sawn in half lengthwise, for using as joists. The whole lot only came to £20 so, although we’d gone with the hope of picking up a load of plywood and not found any, we were still quite chuffed with our day’s work.

Mazza trying to kid on that she's just loaded up the van
Mazza trying to kid on that she's just loaded up the van
Back home and Sworth decides to supervise the unloading
Back home and Sworth decides to supervise the unloading