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Fairfax Times Article Exerpt — When Junk King finds treasure in trash

Angela Woolsey of the Fairfax County Times writes a charming article about Junk King, Jun 24, 2016. Here is an excerpt; click here to see the whole article.

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Joey Powers was helping a woman in her late 90s clean out her house after the death of her husband when he stumbled across the cabinet of knives. It turned out that the woman’s husband had worked as a coroner for the U.S. Army during World War I, and he’d used the knives to perform autopsies.
“Especially in the D.C. area, there’s so much history, and so much that the older generations are getting rid of now,” Powers said. “Even though we have to let a lot of it go, it’s really cool to be able to take these little pieces of history and give them a little bit more life.”
Joey Powers donated a collection of photographs he found from the Alexandria area to the George Washington Historical Society in Mount Vernon.
“It’s not every single day that we’re running into priceless antiques or anything, but it certainly happens,” Joey said, prompting Graham to joke that his drivers might all turn into antique dealers someday.
Junk King boasts its drivers’ integrity as a chief selling point. They’re instructed to inform customers if they find something potentially valuable instead of trying to sneak it away.
“They’re honest guys, and if they weren’t, they wouldn’t last here,” Graham said, citing an example of when he managed to stop an Anacostia customer from throwing a print by Maxfield Parrish, an influential, early 20th-century painter, into the garbage can.

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Six Reasons to call Junk King Fairfax

1.Bulk Trash Removal and more . . .
Junk King has the trucks, crews, know-how, and flexibility to solve your bulk trash and debris removal. We can take all those items that the subscription trash service can not take such as white goods, furniture, over-size items, e-waste, tires, hot-tubs, sheds, demolition debris . . . everything but hazardous materials.

2. Best-rated Bulk Trash Hauler
Independent customer reviews such as Angie’s List and Listen 360 put us in first place for customer service. Our Listen 360 score of 97 out of 100 (more than 1,000 independent reviews) puts Junk King in the top 1% of all home services companies in the United States.

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3. Flexible Bulk Trash Hauler
You can book same-day jobs or schedule routine pick-ups. We are big enough to haul away and dispose of 400 cubic yards of debris each day. Yet, we are small enough that you work directly with the owners; we work with your schedule and within your budget.

4.  Reasonable and Transparent Pricing
Junk King charges by volume with no hidden charges. We work with clients to find the the most cost-effective options.

5. Most Eco-friendly Bulk Trash Hauler
Junk King is 100% landfill free. We are the only hauler in the area that has a warehouse where we separate items for the best disposal option.

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6. Veteran Owned and Operated
Two generations of veterans—Dan and Alex—started Junk King Fairfax. We continue their dedication to excellence and pride in service for our clients. We hire vets. All our employees are W2. We are fully insured.

Junk King Franchise Owners,  Dan Graham and Alex Powers.

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Spring Cleaning –Tips to Donate, Repurpose, Recycle

Are you ready to jump into spring? Here are four of our best tips to make your spring cleaning painless.

  1. Prepare yourself with boxes, bags, markers, and tape so you can clearly label and pack the items you’re sorting.
  2. Make a list of the areas you want to tackle, and clean one area at a time. Whether you want to tidy up your bookshelf, the kids toy area, or your garage, tackling them one at a time will help keep the project manageable.
  3. Know where to donate.Habitat for Humanity, Purple Heart, or The Salvation Army vary in what they accept and prefer. For a list of acceptable items, click on any of their names above.
  4. Call a reputable hauler. Reputable haulers disposed of larger items properly, and they work with larger recycling facilities to ensure all possible items are recycled.

Are you ready to get started? Call us at 888.888.JUNK (5865) or visit us on the web at Junk King Fairfax.

DesignRecycle

For those of you that love the shabby chic style, look no further than one of our favorite blogs, Recycled Interiors, for inspiration on giving old items a new purpose.

Do you want to get the look? Author, Helen Edwards has written a guest blog exclusively for our readers, Five tips for including thrift shopping & salvaged junk into your home decorating. Enjoy!

Six Questions to Help Declutter Your Life

Most clutter is a function of postponed decisions.  Here are six easy questions to help you make quick decisions about what to keep and what to dispose. I love my books, so I’ll use my books as an example of making decisions to declutter.

Look at an object like one of my beloved books and ask six questions:
1. “Do I need this?” The question is not about the future, whether you will ever need that old sweater, couch, book . . . . The question is in the present tense, Do you need this item in your present life? If you need it, then go to the next bit of  stuff to declutter.

Often I don’t really need that particular book, but I’m not ready to toss it just because I don’t need it. As a material thing, the book is expendable, but I have a sentimental attachment to many of my books.

2. “Have I used it in the past 6 months?” (12 months for seasonal stuff like Thanksgiving table decorations or seasonal clothing) This question helps sort out lots of useless items like the crepe pan that I never use. Again, most of the books on my shelf sit patiently for a year or more.

3. “Would it help someone else more than me?” We can find a good home for a lot of stuff—even books—that just waste away in our closets or attics. I find that I am more likely to give my books away than to dispose of them. I’m really quick to offload a mystery novel and less likely to offload a reference book.

4. “Can I easily get it again if I dispose of it?” If I throw away the old crepe pan and then decide to make crepes, I can get another pan. If I throw away my copy of Cardinal of the Kremlin signed by Tom Clancy or my copy of Stuff of Thought signed by Steven Pinker . . . I can’t easily find another.

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5. Is there are more efficient way to store the item? Sometimes you don’t need to dispose of the item; rather you need to manage the storage. New technologies allow use put our office files in easy-to-store digital format. We can get the contents of a four-drawer file cabinet on a thumb drive.

However, I prefer reading from paper that from a screen. (Studies show that people read 25% faster on paper than screen.) I will cheerfully reduce all my audio and even my photos to digital to save space, but I’m keeping the books.

If I answer these questions, I get a good idea how best to handle my stuff. As Dilbert McClinton sings, “I got too much stuff . . .” And I have that CD somewhere in my pile of stuff. Got waaaay too much clutter? Check out the Fairfax mini-dumpster rentals

Dirt, Asphalt, Concrete Hauling

Junk King is one of the few full-service haulers that will take take care of your dirt, gravel, concrete, or asphalt removal. We cheerfully do this necessary and difficult work as part of commitment to being full service. Depending on the project, we can also provide demolitions.

We want you to get the most economical solution to your dirt haul-away problem. We are always happy to discuss your project and help get you the best solution. We are happy to give referrals when we are not the best fit. Different haulers have different niche’s and cost structures. The difference in cost estimates usually reflects those cost structures. Here are some tips.

Before you begin looking for a hauler you need to ask yourself these five questions:
1. What kind of dirt (or debris) do you need hauled away?
2. How big is the job in terms of weight and cubic yards?
3. How critical is the schedule?
4. How big of a truck can you get to the pile?
5. Can you use a skid steer to load the trucks?

What kind of dirt (or debris) do you need hauled away?

The kind of dirt or debris determines the method of disposal, and these methods have significantly different costs. Clean fill dirt is free of organic materials and rocks and is usually the cheapest to dispose. Top soil or dirt with organic materials is less desirable; contractors cannot use it because it does not compact well. Mixed dirt is also harder to dispose. Concrete and asphalt also comes as clean or mixed with re-bar and dirt. Clean concrete and asphalt are easy to recycle. The difference in the disposal costs can be upward of $50 per ton, which is typically a straight pass-through to the customer.

How big is the job in terms of weight and cubic yards?

Here’s a little on-line calculator to help you estimate the volume of a pile.
https://www.had2know.com/garden/calculate-volume-pile-gravel.html

Here is a chart that shows the weight of different materials. For example, if you have 3 cubic yards of the typical loose, moist dirt, you need hauling capaicty for ~ 6300 pounds. We can haul that much in one Junk King truck. If you have 3 cubic yards of asphalt, you need capacity for 11,745. We need two truck loads to safely haul that amount.

Here is a chart of weights for typical materials we haul.

Material Density
(lb/ft3) lb/y3
Dirt, loose dry               76          2,052
Dirt, loose moist               78          2,106
Loam               80          2,160
Clay, dry             100          2,700
Clay, wet             110          2,970
Mud, steady             115          3,105
Sand, dry               97          2,619
Sand, wet             119          3,213
Gravel, dry             105          2,835
Gravel, Wet             125          3,375
Rock Clean             155          4,185
Limestone             160          4,320
Concrete             133          3,591
Asphalt             145          3,915

For large dirt jobs, you want to hire a 20-ton dump truck with a skid steer. A 20-ton dump truck can carry 10 times the amount that our 18,500 GVW trucks can carry. (We carry about 6 to 8 times the amount that a large pickup truck can carry.) Fewer trips means less labor expense. At Junk King, we partner with companies that have the 20-ton trucks and the loading equipment.

Typically. the 20-ton tuck charges $450 to show up and about $150 for the skid steer. They also charge about $50 per ton to dispose of the dirt. Assuming easy access to the dirt pile, a full 20 tons of dirt moved would cost about $1,100. We at Junk King would usually refer a job that big, unless customer has special needs due to job site access or scheduling.

For smaller jobs, the 18,500 GVW Junk King truck is often the best fit. If all you have is 3 cubic yards of dirt, the Junk King rate is typically $615 before discounts. For a 3 cubic yard job, the 20-ton truck with skid steer is overkill and would cost more than $720.

Typically, dumpsters are not suitable because of weight restrictions. If you fill a 20-yard dumpster with dry loose dirt, you will exceed their weight limit by 16 tons or more. They may refuse to pick up the dumpster because their truck can’t handle the weight, and if they do take the load, they will charge you “weight overage” up to $75 per ton. If you add the rental of a skid steer, you quickly get to a cost of $1,750, which is significantly more than the 20-ton dump truck.

How critical is the schedule?

Junk King often provides same day service. We arrive in a convenient two-hour window. We can accommodate last-minute requirement.

The 20-ton trucks are often committed to large excavation projects. Usually, you need to plan ahead and book often weeks in advance to get the big trucks–especially in the summer months.

How big of a truck can you get to the pile?

Sometimes, you just can’t get a big truck to the job site. Home Owner Association and Counties have restrictions. Even large trash haulers are restricted to truck size because of bridges or narrow roads on their trash routes. Sometimes terrain and other structures limit access. Arlington County and Old Town Alexandria have many areas unsuitable for large trucks. Many jurisdictions refuse to give permits for dumpsters.

Junk King’s smaller trucks can go almost everywhere–from the compact neighborhoods in Arlington to the smaller bridges and narrow roads in Loudon County.

Can you use a skid steer to load the trucks?

If you cannot load the dirt with a skid steer, the alternative is the old fashioned shovel and wheelbarrow method—labor. (We have even emptied dirt from a basement excavation using 5-gallon buckets!) A wheelbarrow with a strong Junk King man can move 300 to 350 pounds per carry. (The distance and slope from the pile to the truck is a factor, too.) Recall from the chart above that a cubic foot of dirt weighs about 78 pounds. Therefore, our guys can move between 4 and 5 cubic feet of dirt with each wheelbarrow trip—or about 6 round-trips to load one cubic yard into the truck.

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For large jobs, manpower and wheelbarrows costs more than a skid steer. For jobs smaller than 8 yards of dirt, manpower and wheelbarrows is less expensive than a skid steer.

If you have have dirt to move, call Junk King at (703) 455-3861. We’ll discuss your needs, and the options. We want to help you solve your problems and make you happy.

Don’t throw away a perfectly good dishwasher.

Occasionally, we get a job to pick up a dishwasher. The customer tells us, “This dishwasher is only 3 years old. It seems to work; I can hear the motor, but the darn thing just doesn’t clean the dishes any more, especially the top rack.”

So they bought a new dishwasher for about $600, and then they pay us to get rid of the old one.

It’s likely that they didn’t need a new dishwasher. Dishwashers typically last 9 to 10 years. If the relatively young dishwasher isn’t doing its job, most likely you have gunk clogging a part of the machine called the food chopper. If that part is clogged, you lose water pressure, which is the main force that cleans the dishes.

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You can clean out this gunk in a about the time it takes to drive to the store to buy a new dishwasher. You need a couple of tools like a star-bit screw driver and some needle-nose pliers.

Here is a YouTube link that shows you how to make this simple repair. This guy is more thorough than I am. I find that you can clean out the food chopper area and call it a day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75DB9cyPYO0

If your machine really is too old to repair or clean, call Junk King and we’ll recycle it for you.

What to do with that second Refrigerator

That second refrigerator isn’t free.  The electric company estimates that the old extra refrigerator costs more than $150 each year in energy costs. If you really can use it, okay. If not, get rid of the old beast and save your $150 per year.

Do you really need me at $150 per year?

Do you really need me at $150 per year?

If you are buying a house and it has an extra refrigerator in the garage, you might want it removed by the seller. Remember, that old refrigerator isn’t free.

If you are buying a new refrigerator and the store offers free haul away, seriously consider having them take the old one, even if it still works.  Too many people fill up the garage with old appliances they really don’t need.

If you want to get rid of a refrigerator, you have options.  A lot of people call their local trash company to take away old refrigerators, and that may be the worst option. The trash company typically charges about $75, which seems like a good price. However, the trash company can only take curbside refrigerators. Therefore, you must haul that beast to the curb and they average 250 pounds.  Moreover, the trash company requires that you certify that the Freon has been removed. You can get an appliance technician to come to your house and remove the Freon, but that service call costs about $180.

Or, you can call Junk King. We remove standard refrigerators for $118, including all the labor, truck, recycling fee, and dumping fees. (If you want to put it curbside, we’ll match the trash company’s price and we’ll take care of the Freon.)  Start saving money and energy today.

Test Your Knowledge on Recycling

Pop Quiz: What is the most commonly recycled material?

A: Paper
B: Aluminum
C: Car Batteries
D: Glass
E: Plastic

The answer might surprise you: car batteries.

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The U.S. recycles about 70% of office paper, about 54% of our aluminum, about 35% glass, about 30% of plastic, and 99% of car batteries.

Unfortunately, improper handling of old lead acid batteries one of the worst pollution problems for the globe. At Junk King, we use EPA-approved recyclers to ensure that the lead stays out of landfills and our water. (We like to fish.)

 

Getting more life out of your refrigerator.

At Junk King, we pick up many refrigerators that appeared to have died young. Here is couple of tips to help you get more life out of your refrigerator.  You need a vacuum cleaner or broom, some all-purpose cleaner, and a level.

Step 1: Clean the condenser coils.

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The coils are either behind the refrigerator or underneath the refrigerator. If the coils are underneath, remove the grill at the bottom front of the fridge. If the coils are behind, pull the unit from the wall.

Dirty condenser coils put a strain on the motor, which costs more in energy and shortens the life of the fridge.

Use a vacuum or broom to remove dust build up from the coils every three months.

Step 2: Check and clean the gaskets.

A weak gasket seal lets warm air into your refrigerator. Take a piece of paper about the size of a dollar bill and shut the refrigerator door trapping the paper. If you can pull the paper out easily, the gasket seal is poor. You can replace gaskets for $25 to $100 depending on the size. See: https://www.wikihow.com/Replace-a-Refrigerator-Door-Seal

Clean gaskets last longer. Clean the gasket with an all-purpose cleaner, and wipe dry. Wipe the gaskets with vinegar to deter mildew.

Step 3: Check for level.

Use a carpenter’s level on top of your refrigerator to see if it is level. Adjust the feet by hand or with a wrench if necessary. If your refrigerator isn’t level the doors may not close on their own or may not seal tightly

Eventually, your refrigerator will give up the ghost, and Junk King will be ready to take your refrigerator and recycle it for you.

Getting rid of those pesky old monitors and TVs

Why does the County and recyclers charge $25 or more to dispose of an old computer monitor or TV? The short answer is “lead.” CRTs have 2 to 5 pounds of lead on the glass that we need to keep out of our land and water.

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The sale of CRTs peaked around the year 2000 at more than 65 million units. Then, flat screen technology took over and CRT sales fell to practically zero by 2010.

CRTs can last up to 30 years so all those TVs and computer monitors sold before 1990 are at the end of life. Also, people are getting rid of functioning but obsolete CRTs in favor of the better flat-screen technology.

 

Ironically, the demise of CRT sales hurts CRT recycling. The main end source for old CRT lead was use in new CRTs. The U.S. has only one certified CRT recycler located in Missouri. Canada has two; Mexico has one. Some recylcers have resorted to storing the CRTs for lack of recycling capacity. The EPA estimates that we have about 330,000 tons of CRT stockpiled waiting to be recycled.

The cost of recycling CRTs has two parts:

  1.   the cost to recycle – typically 14 cents per pound.
  2.   the cost of transporting CRTs to the recycler — typically another 10 cents per pound

A typical computer monitor weighs 40 pounds—a cost of $9.60
A typical 32-inch TV monitor weights 110 pounds—a cost of $26.40

A County resident has a couple of options to avoid paying recycling fees for CRT disposal.

  1.  Junk King Fairfax does not charge fees for CRT recycling when the CRT is part of a normal household or business junk-removal job. We treat the CRT in our regular volume.
  2.  Best Buy takes your old CRT– not larger than 32”.
  3. Other retailers: Virginia law requires any manufacturer that sells (or offers for sale) more than 500 units of computer equipment in the state to provide an opportunity for customers to return or recycle their equipment at no charge.
  4. Fairfax County has 10 Electric Sunday events each year where you can drop off CRTs and other E-waste at the Lorton or Ox Road facilities. Go to https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/electric-sunday.htm

The EPA estimates that CRT disposal will be a diminishing problem until 2030, when nearly all of the CRTs will be out of the system.

Junk King Fairfax
7361 Lockport Place Suite M
Lorton, VA 22079
Hours: M-Sa: 8A-7P, Su: 9A-1P

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