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Schoolhouse Lessons: Use Your Resources

Engage the kids. "We were lucky because ours were old enough to take some pride in what we were doing," Dustin says. "Without them, we would never have been able to cart away all that plaster and lath we tore out of the kitchen!"
Go to Craigslist every day. "We learned to look for things we weren't even looking for—like our church pew and the doors to our family room, which were salvaged during renovation of the state capitol," Dustin says. He adds: "It's like Facebook. If you check it out regularly, in the end you'll save time because all the new postings are right at the top."

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