How to Dismantle Wooden Pallets

How To Dismantle a Pallet

If you just got ahold of free or cheap pallets and you have no idea how to dismantle it, this article will help you get started. This article was put together by the wonderful staff at Pasadena Skid and Pallet, a Houston pallets manufacturer.

You want to prevent splitting and breaking of your pallets. Dismantling a wooden pallet takes patience and effort, it’s not as simple is it looks.

I will show you five simple methods to dismantle a pallet.

The Brick Chisel & Hammer

To start, you will need to remove the nails using the hammer and the brick chisel.

Put the brick chisel between the planks and rafters, or the dice of the blocks, then hit it with the hammer.

Remember, do not hit too hard since this could cause the wood planks to break. Instead, hit gently and repeat this several times until the nail breaks.

The Claw Bar

Use this method to remove the dice on the pallets.

With the hammer, tap on the dices to slightly loosen them up.

In order to avoid damaging the pallet, use a tapping block between the dice and the hammer.

Place the hammer between the cross and the dice, and then hit.

Repeat this using the claw bar.

The Sawzall or Reciprocating Saw

This method is one of the fastest if you have a ton of pallets to dismantle.

To make this process easier, you can use a plank to set your pallets in between so that it stays in place or you can place your pallets on top of a wooden table. Clamp your pallet in place so that it doesn’t move around.

Grab your sawzall or reciprocating saw and slice through the nails on each end of the pallet. Start at the edges and then work your way towards the middle.

The Pallet Buster

This tool is very effective and efficient. It is a two way tool designed to use in 4 way pallets or 2 way pallets.

Grab your pallet buster or pallet dismantling bar and place between the deck boards.

Using the handle, push the pallet buster down towards you, the pallets should come apart easily.

The Two Technique: Using The Chisel & Reciprocating Saw

Place the chisel in between the deck board, then grab the hammer and hit softly to loosen up the gabs. This will make the reciprocating saw easier to cut in between the deck boards.

Grab your reciprocating saw and slice through the nails. You can also use a crowbar or pry bar.

Place the crowbar or pry bar between the stretcher to pry between the pallets using the hammer.

Solving Refugee Housing Problems by Upcycling Wooden Pallets

Solving Refugee Housing Problems by Upcycling Wooden Pallets

The people at i-Beam Design were inspired to start the Pallet House Project when they learned that collectively, we could house 84% of the refugees currently displaced by war and natural disaster using just one year’s worth of recycled American shipping pallets. A year and a half of American pallet production creates enough upcycleable material to build housing for 33 million refugees, the entire refugee population on Earth.

Every year, however, almost 21,000,000 pallets wind up in dumps and landfills instead of being put to good re-use. 21 million wood pallets contain enough raw building material to house over forty-thousand refugees. The best notion about the concept of using wooden pallets is their shipping cost is practically zero, since they’re already being used to ship and deliver goods like medical supplies, food, and water already to the regions where they’re needed most.

The Pallet House is a simple structure constructed primarily of recovered wood from shipping pallets. I-BEAM offers construction plans and details for sale to download for $75. This elegantly simple design has been featured in HRH Prince Charles’ Royal Gardens as part of a sustainable design exhibition

It takes just 100 upcycled pallets being configured and assembled by a team of 4 or 5 folks to construct a 250 square foot “Pallet House” and the work can be done in less than a week. Wooden shipping pallets provide readily available and easily sustainable building modules that are inexpensive and highly versatile. A family can utilize corrugated roofing or simply stretch out some tarps to keep water out, until eventually local materials become available enough to produce something more durable and long-lasting.

Refugees spend an average of 7 years in their refugee camps after being displaced by some unfortunate event. The Pallet House can be adapted to work in almost any climate on the planet, and can provide long-term solutions for people in need of basic shelter.

In 1999, the Pallet House design won an award from Architecture for Humanity. Since then, it has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and papers in Italy and Spain as well. It was also featured in the book “Design Like You Give A Damn” which is a book produced by Architecture for Humanity.

I-Beam Design has also built Pallet structures in Indiana and New York, as well as at the Architecture Triennial in Milan. Currently, they are developing housing for victims of the recent earthquakes in both Haiti and Pakistan.

Common DIY projects and where to find free pallets

Common DIY projects and where to find free pallets

Are you a creative person? Do you like to make your own art and furniture yourself? If so there is a great source material that you can acquire for free! I am of course talking about wooden pallets! In this article, I will share some common DIY pallet projects along with some common places to obtain free pallets so you can easily start your own DIY project.

The solid structure and design of wooden pallets make them perfect for several different kinds of household furniture. You can take 2-4 pallets, stack them on top of each other, nail them together, throw a smooth flat wood or glass piece on top and you got yourself a table. If you are in need of something to sit on, you can make a couch by putting pallets end to end in the shape of the space that you desire along with pallets for the backrest. Once again, make sure to secure the pallets together and add some cushions for comfort.

If you happen to be an artist, a wooden pallet can be a great canvas! The solid square layout makes it the perfect size for hanging on a wall or perhaps placing it on your lawn. You can choose to leave the gaps between the planks or you can find a flat wood piece to lie over top.  Either way, a properly painted wooden pallet can look fantastic and make your home come alive.

These are just some general creative uses for wooden pallets, but in order to start you need to find your own pallets, which is can be easy and free! You should easily be able to find available wooden pallets from your local stores. Your best bet is to check out and ask pet stores, supermarkets, and furniture or equipment stores. These types of stores tend to get their products shipped in on wooden pallets and tend to throw them away after shipments. Businesses will tend to give these pallets away for free if asked for because they usually have to pay in order to have them removed. The best time to ask about obtaining these pallets is early in the morning because that is when most companies receive their deliveries. Remember to be kind and considerate when asking about the wooden pallets. You can’t just assume that every company would be willing to give you the wooden pallets for free.

If you are somehow having a hard time finding wooden pallets you can always look online. A popular site to look for obscure items such as wooden pallets would be craigslist.com or ask around on blogs where wooden pallets are mentioned, such as this one. So get out there, find some pallets, and start creating!

How to Beat the Heat this Summer 2016

How to Beat the Heat this Summer 2016

Each summer thousands attempt to find new ways to beat the summer heat. A University of Leeds student, 21 year-old Tom Almond, found a relatively easy and inexpensive way to do so. He decided to build his own pool. After seeing that a Spanish man had built something similar on Facebook, Tom endeavored to do the same.

So you decide to build your own pool, how do you go about doing this on a student budget? Mr. Almond, with a modest budget of $30, purchased wooden pallets, metal brackets and tarpaulin and with three weeks of hard work he completed his DIY pool.

So what do you do when you build your own pool and you’re a college student? Of course you invite all of your closest friends. Mr. Almond hosted a party and invited over 40 people. The pool can hold up to six adults. However, before the party became an epic party, the sun gave way to bad weather and so the party goers filled the pool with hot water, problem solved. Not only was the party a success, but they even had a singer perform for the crowd.

So what do you do with a DIY pool after hosting a huge party? Mr. Almond decided after the party he would sell his wood pallet pool. His asking price, a mere $30. Of course you will need to come pick it up yourself, un-assembled. Mr. Almond is offering to provide a step-by-step guide of how to rebuild it, free of charge of course.

So the next time you decide to beat the heat, remember the DIY approach. Some wooden pallets, metal brackets, tarpaulin, 40 of your closest friends, a few beers and you have yourself a DIY pool party. Just make sure and plan it when the weather is good!

Best of luck!

-Pasadena Skid & Pallets Team