Monthly Archives: October 2013

JUNK KING FRANCHISEES HELP BURIED ALIVE HOARDERS

Local Junk King haulers and recyclers across the United States are helping hoarders appearing on the TLC show, Hoarding: Buried Alive. The broadcasts featuring Junk King franchisees begin November 6, 2013.  Click here for some previews!

For the franchise owners and employees of the company, aiding the individuals featured on the show is more than a chance to get a little face-time on a popular national television show. It’s local business aiding local residents in need. Helping those with the compulsive-obsessive disorder can be an emotional experience for everyone involved—junk collectors, hoarders, and the families of the hoarders. Virtually every employee at Junk King, from those at the corporate headquarters in California, to the local franchisee, has spent time collecting junk. Walking into any home where there is an extensive amount of clutter, even if it can’t be termed “buried-alive” clutter, affects those who enter the space. Even the employees who answer the phone to book the appointments for “everyday hoarders” can sense the despair. Whether the call is from a family member or the individual who needs help, the hopeless attitude is easy to sense. Adding hope to the equation is the job of the workers. The local Junk King employees who actually collect the “stuff” know they must “tread lightly” in these situations. After all, hoarders have psychological issues, and even the perception of a “callous attitude” can stop an intervention in its tracks.

Local Junk King franchises apparently have a knack for the kindness needed in the extreme situations featured on TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive. While there is an eight-hour time limitation for actual removal of the items, Junk King usually gets a call back, after the completion of the filming to finish the job. This indicates that the local franchisees not only do a good job, but that they are sensitive to the issues involved with hoarding. Anyone who has watched even one Buried Alive broadcast has seen how difficult it can be for the hoarders to accept help without feeling they’re somehow being violated. Junk King, a company with over 50 franchises throughout the U.S. and Canada, understands it is their responsibility to help hoarders without making it seem as if the home is being invaded.

Again, Hoarding: Buried Alive episodes featuring Junk King hauling begin November 6, 2013.

Junk Removal — Arlington County Residents and Junk King

Here is some information to help you decide whether to use the Arlington County Service or call Junk King when you need to dispose unwanted items or debris. In general, for small pick-ups, Arlington provides good service at a modest additional cost to residents. If you think you have a big load or you need some labor to clear your clutter, then Junk King is likely your best option.

For Arlington Service, you request a pick-up, Monday — Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m. You need to get your items to the curb and Arlington has some rules you must follow. “Pile items separately, curbside or in the street (not in the yard). There must be an overhead clearance of approximately 25 feet. Do not pile under low hanging power lines or tree limbs. Do not place next to parked cars; the truck needs at least a 10-foot clearance from cars to avoid possible damage.”

Arlington charges $20 for televisions and $15 for computer monitors, added to your quarterly utility bill. Arlington charges $10 for metal items (air conditioners, cabinets, exercise equipment) collected curbside for recycling. They have a weight limit of 50 lbs. maximum for each item. These charagable items include:
• Air conditioner
• Awnings (window, porch)
• Boat
• Camper shell (truck)
• Car doors, bumpers
• Cast iron/wrought iron fixtures (bath tub, sink) and furniture
• Chain link fence
• Dehumidifier, humidifier
• Desk/office
• Drill press
• Engine block
• Exercise equipment
• File cabinet (3 drawer+)
• Fireplace, insert
• Floor buffer
• Furnace
• Garage doors
• Gas grill
• Grate/iron (sewer, tree)
• Heat pumps
• Heating oil fuel tank
• Home appliances (dishwasher, freezer, refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer)
• House radiator (cast iron)
• Hydraulic floor jack on wheels
• Lathe/metal
• Lawn equipment, motorized (leaf shredder, mower, rotor tiller)
• Motor/outboard
• Pool
• Recreational vehicles (go cart, moped, motorcycles/motorbikes)
• Safe
• Shower stall
• Snow blower
• Metal stairs
• Stationary air compressor
• Table saw
• Tool chest
• Truck wheel/rim
• Wardrobe/closet
• Water cooler, heater
• Wood stove

The Arlington County Website has a list of items they take curbside or that you can drop off at their disposal facility. Click here.

Junk King takes everything. We provide all the labor, even some demolition for items such as sheds and hot tubs. We charge by volume. You can call Junk King 24 hours per day for same-day service in a convenient two-hour window. We can guide you through the disposal of paint and other items that Arlington will not take. Roughly speaking, if you have enough junk to fill a standard pick-up truck or more, you are probably better off using our labor to remove the unwanted items.

Again, Arlington has a good service for small, easy-to-manage disposal problems. Certainly, if you can get your items to the curb, Arlington’s $20 charge for TV or $10 for a gas grill makes more sense than calling a junk hauler.  For larger cleanouts, you can save your time and your back by calling Junk King.

At Junk King, we give free estimates, and we’ll be straight forward and tell you if we think you are better off with the Arlington County service. Call me any time: Alex Powers, Owner and General Manager, (703) 819-5667

One last note:  Arlington has an awesome system for leaf collection.  Here’s the schedule: Click here. 

 

Arlingtonleafcollection
2013-10-24 14:04:10

Huge recycling job! USS Forrestal

The USS Forrestal super carrier was just bought for scrap for 1 penny. The scrap value of the 83,000-ton vessel is at least $18 million. Of course, the scrap company needs to dismantle the ship. This recycling job is too big for Junk King, but we can dream, can’t we?

The cost to build the USS Forrestal, in today’s money, is about $2 billion. The ratio of recycling revenue to building cost is just under 1%. To put that on a scale, old automobiles typically get $250+ for recycling, and the typical automobile costs less than $2,000 to manufacture. (Assembly lines and volume have a huge impact on costs relative to super carriers.) The ratio for the recycling revenue/cost for automobiles about 12.5% or more than 12 times the ratio for the USS Forrestal.

Forrestal

I wonder if we should have let some city have the good old ship and use it for a museum? Whenever I have had work at the Navy Yard in Philly, I would buy a delicious hoagie for lunch and eat it while gazing on the Forrestal and think about her expoits. I’ll miss her.

2013-10-17 15:22:22

Scale for Measuring Clutter and Hoarding

Maria Spetalnik, member of the Fairfax County Inter-Agency Hoarding Committee, shared a metric to help one distinguish between clutter and hoarding. If you have a loved one or neighbor who might have a problem with clutter, do not jump to the conclusion that the person is a hoarder. Click here to get The Clutter Hoarding Scale to help your assessment.

She points out that hoarding encompasses all socio-economic groups. The causes can vary from head trauma to a psychological disorder.  The case can be chronic or a one-time episode.

In many cases, friends and family can effectively help, but even those with the best of intentions need to know the severity of the problem and their own limits for helping. The Clutter Hoarding Scale is a great place to start. If you and your family can manage the situation, you can call Junk King to provide the labor and trucks. We remove and recycle or repurpose everything we haul.

If you think you might have a tougher organizing or hoarder problem, contact Maria at Conquer the Clutter.

Is the Old Fridge really a goner?

My Fairfax neighbor told me, “My old refrigerator just provides a little shade for the food but doesn’t make things cold anymore. Can you get rid of it for me?”

We’ll be happy to come remove your old refrigerator or freezer and we’ll give you a good price, excellent service, and recycle it for you.

But first, let’s make sure the old fridge really is a goner. Follow these five simple steps:

1. Check the plug and circuit box to make sure your fridge is getting power.
2. Check the thermostat to make sure you didn’t accidentally bump it into the off position.
3. Make sure the vents in the back of the fridge or freezer aren’t blocked.
4. Ensure your condenser coils—at the back of, or underneath your fridge—are clean. You can use a coil brush or a vacuum to clean the coils.
5. Ensure that the condenser fan spins freely. If your condenser coils are on the back of your fridge, you won’t have a fan.

If the fan doesn’t turn, unplug fridge try to clean the fan blades. Then plug in the fridge and watch to make sure that the fan spins when the compressor turns on. If the fan doesn’t spin, you need to replace it. The parts run from $7 to $30 for most models.

If the fridge is dead, you’ll need a new one. Some stores provide free delivery and haul away—score! If the store tells you the haul-away fee is greater than $89, then you owe it to yourself to call Junk King for an estimate.