When I was a kid, hanging around with my dad on various construction projects, I used to see the old wooden barrels that nails came in. Even as a builder myself, I can remember some of the older lumber yards still having kegs of less commonly used sizes/types of nails still hanging around (like double headed form nails). Most nails today come in cardboard or plastic boxes and most come for use in nail guns. In the crawl space of a 1940's house the other day I was reminded of these old barrels when I came across one that had been used as a form for a concrete pier. I may be a little nostalgic, but it seems a little unfortunate that today it is just represents another form of "conducive debris" that should be removed.
There was a lot of "recycling" of materials in those days. Like the use of the foundation form lumber for the house wall sheathing and sub-floor that I discussed in another blog.
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