The reclaimed beams that we purchased have reinforced steel (rebar) in them that was used to connect the beams in their former life. We had to remove the lengths of #3, #4 and #5 rebar, and all nails, from each wooden beam.
Unfortunately, it was raining and it made the two-hour task somewhat miserable.
Our ten (10) reclaimed Douglas Fir beams.
We removed 23 pieces of rebar (a number of nails and screws) from the 10 wooden beams. Dave Merchant, smiling, suggested that we made a wind chime with the rebar pieces.
Dave Merchant (left) and Ben (right), covering the wooden beams with a tarp to keep them dry and protect them from the rain.