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  1. Sometimes I become really surprised how it is possible to create something cool from so simple things as pallets. But when I see a real result, I realized that it’s easier than it may seem.

    1. Hi Lori,

      Probably the easiest method for bent nails is to cut the nails between the wood and then just pull them out. If the nails are straight just be careful when you use the hammer. The wood is usually a bit soft so you’ll want to be easy as you leverage the hammer. The guy in the video shows you how.

      Best of luck!

  2. Wow!love. Love your site!!You even got my husband excited!! And he’s NOT a handy man!!But I think that’s going to change now !! Thank you ! Nel B.

      1. Yes ma’am! You may want to sand them first.

        Oh, and sometimes the chemicals they use on the wood interferes or interacts with stain and paint (acts as a barrier of sorts). Just be aware that it may happen – it’s not you or anything you did. Sanding and primer usually help a bit (no primer for staining, though).

        Best of luck!

  3. I love these ideas and am gathering pallets to do a fireplace project. What have you found is the easiest way to take the pallets apart without causing damage to the planks?

    1. I like the nail heads to show in many of my projects and find using a reciprocating saw works best for dismantling without damaging.
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  4. Hi Crystal,

    First I would like to tell you thanks for share with us this fabulous ideas.

    I’ve done my living room with an industrial style, I’ve did my tv furniture ans my tables with palets and I’m really pround of the results.

    Because I really enjoy to do it and because the results are so nice I would like to make extra money selling my projects, but I dont have idea how to sell it, do you have an idea or an advice ?

    Thanks in advance and sorry for my English :/

    1. Hi Yohan!

      I’d start locally at flea markets just to get the practice in. I’d also open up an Etsy store or on Ebay and have a few bloggers mention it in an article and link to it. Shipping is going to be the real issue but people pay for shipping large items every day if they want an item bad enough.

      Best of luck!

  5. Their is no sound scientific basis to state that MB pallets are dangerous.

    Methyl Bromide is a fumigant, there is no condensation of the product nor is their residual outgassing. It is not like chemically treated lumber.

    The concern for MB, and why it is being phased out, is that it depletes the ozone.
    It is for the most part not used in pallets anymore so if you find one they are more than likely beat up and useless.

    The only allowable pallet wood that is still fumigated and allowed in the US , that I have seen, is the thicker more dense woods and I mean 4×3’s and thicker coming from India(again the only one I’ve seen) to ship slabs of stone.

    Any deaths or illness have been from those who are actually using, applying and/or storing it. For years MB was used to fumigate homes. There were deaths and illnesses from people going back into there home while it was being fumigated… and I mean while the house was still tented.

    It is still used for the inoculation of your captain crunch et.al. and the fields they are grown in. Remember in mono-culture farming the soil is only to transport water, protect the the root from the sun, and keep the plant upright.

    It is still allowed in Europe not for pallets but for nuts, seed and grain inoculation. Pest can easily wipe out dry goods in no time….every wonder why there are no bugs in your flour….

    IMHO

  6. So my wife and I have just started collecting pallets. I am going to retire within this next year and I want to be able to make some pallet furniture for our place and to sell as an extra income. You have inspired the creative gods in me to want to get out there tonight and get busy…. (my neighbors will love me) NOT!!!. Keep up the great work and long live MHL and you Crystal

    1. Hi Van! Thank you so much for the kind words! I think you’re going to have a wonderful retirement! Maybe after you get a few things built you’ll consider letting me add them to the list?

      Keep in touch – I’d love to see all the great things you build! Thanks so much for reading MHL!

  7. Do you by chance have the instructions on how to make the pallet lounger chair on here? I am wanting to make one for this summer. Thank you!

  8. Hi Crystal!

    Just bought my first MH (signed papers this week), then found your site, which is chocked full of fabulous info! I’ll be renovating a room at a time by diy & will share pics along the way. Thank you for being here! MH’s have received a bad wrap for far too long. It’s wonderful people like you that are opening people up to the positives of MH ownership.

    Thank you again;

    Sia

    1. Thank you so much Sia! It means a lot to me! I’m so happy for you! Congratulations on your new home! Please take lots of pictures – I’d love to see what you do with it!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write this comment – I appreciate it very much! If there’s anything I can help you with please don’t hesitate to contact me!

  9. WOW, what a cool website…we are new to the Mobile Home world. In fact, we purchased our first 1977 MH located near Menifee, CA, a year ago; gutted it – and now we are putting it back together…using vintage finds including a Cherry wood kitchen that was given to us which came out of a beautiful custom home. Each room gets new drywall and we are relocating walls and putting in new doors. Bathrooms are a total gut job as well. We plan to retire there on the cheap and do some traveling. Blessings to you and all that you have going on too.

    1. It’s great to hear from you Tamra and I’m so glad you like MHL!

      You are gonna love mobile home living! Not worrying about a house payment every month is awesome! Please keep us updated on your progress and take lots of pictures – I’d love to feature you and your home someday!

      If there’s anything I can help you with along the way just let me know – you can comment on any article or just email directly at crystaladkins@mobilehomeliving.org.

      Thanks so much for the kind words, it means a lot to me!

  10. I, too, am from WV. Due to a turn in my husband’s health, we are currently downsizing to a double wide on a wooded acre. I have spent hours upon hours browsing your site, while waiting on the closing date. Thank you so much for your work – it is inspiring!

    Thanks to you and all who have contributed, I can barely wait to begin personalizing our new home <3

    1. Hi Sherri!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment such kind words! I hope you keep in touch throughout your new adventure – there’s nothing like the feeling you get when getting a new home – enjoy every moment!

  11. Wow! What a great assortment of projects…tiny to huge.

    Just looking at the laundry room ceiling made my arms and neck tired!

    The thing about viewing LOTS of projects is that it allows us to think about our own projects in a new way.

    “As always, thank you so much for CREATING Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!”