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Old 02-14-2007, 09:29 PM   #1
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Old 02-14-2007, 09:40 PM   #2
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I actually used to do this all the time in college. Got a lot of good furniture and other good stuff this way.
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Old 02-14-2007, 10:51 PM   #3
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except for the tools and the bike it looks like you found a bunch of trash. even the tools and the bike are close to it.
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I actually used to do this all the time in college. Got a lot of good furniture and other good stuff this way.
For better or worse, the habit has stuck with me past college. Do you ever catch yourself slowing down to evaluate any promising looking heaps? I can't imagine a day in my future without junkin, but the future is fluid and uncertain. :icon_bigg
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Old 02-14-2007, 11:50 PM   #5
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except for the tools and the bike it looks like you found a bunch of trash. even the tools and the bike are close to it.
:dontknow: Well, yes. . .it's all discarded stuff, but that's the point. Something like a used band-aid is trash since it's no longer serviceable, but it's a bit odd to claim an aquarium in use, a ladder used to paint two rooms, two working lamps, a replacment blower/vac bag and a 19th century kneeler matching a museum piece are trash. :laughing6 I bet it's hard as to buy gifts for you. Admit it GLD, you're just janked because I found the Power Rangers before you did.
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i still do this, it is fun, especially drunk
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I don't dumpster dive, but I do enjoy driving around neighborhoods on heavy trash day. I've picked up firewood (big and small) when people are trimming trees, old furniture that looks great outdoors holding potted plants (and I don't have to worry about it getting messed up by the weather because then I can toss it and find another one) and even a birdbath that will become a planter.

Mala - have you gotten into mosaic tile at all? When a house is being remodeled you can find lots of big tile pieces. If you get a few tiles in a bunch of separate colors, you can really make some neat designs.

My trouble right now is finding space for everything!
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Oh - and I actually found a large photographer's basin curbside once. It was fabbed out of fiberglass and while I was remodeling my house I used it to wash out tools and buckets in the back yard. Now that most of that is over and done I had filled it with seeds to get some plants going, but the neighborhood cats thought it was a giant litterbox.

Now it's just sitting in my yard. I have a strong desire to tile the whole thing and turn it into a nice planter box, but I'm not sure it's really worth the effort. If you think you might benefit from it, let me know and it's yours.

(You should probably come over and lay claim to all the other stuff I don't want and can't sell!)
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For better or worse, the habit has stuck with me past college. Do you ever catch yourself slowing down to evaluate any promising looking heaps? I can't imagine a day in my future without junkin, but the future is fluid and uncertain. :icon_bigg
Yes I do, but then the wife asks what the I am doing.
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in the first box of "tools" I saw a couple of machined blocks with holes, I would like to buy those from you if I might, but remember Ima a cheapster , so's you wont be getting much from me.
quiz for the masses......who knows what they are?:icon_bigg

I'd also take the punch set ifn' you don't have a need for it.
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Machining clamps would be my guess.
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in the first box of "tools" I saw a couple of machined blocks with holes, I would like to buy those from you if I might, but remember Ima a cheapster , so's you wont be getting much from me.
quiz for the masses......who knows what they are?:icon_bigg

I'd also take the punch set ifn' you don't have a need for it.
they look like just precision ground blocks. you can use them as parallels or whatever. the that looks like a transfer punch set, and most of the pieces look like they are there...but i'm sure the ONE you will need sometime will be missing :BangHead: . also, i think i spy a telescoping bore guage down in there on the lower right hand corner.
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they look like just precision ground blocks. you can use them as parallels or whatever. the that looks like a transfer punch set, and most of the pieces look like they are there...but i'm sure the ONE you will need sometime will be missing :BangHead: . also, i think i spy a telescoping bore guage down in there on the lower right hand corner.
Cool! You guys have names for these things. :icon_bigg
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in the first box of "tools" I saw a couple of machined blocks with holes, I would like to buy those from you if I might, but remember Ima a cheapster , so's you wont be getting much from me.
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I'd also take the punch set ifn' you don't have a need for it.
Sure. I'll lay it all out, to the best of my ability, match the parts up and take a couple more photos. There's a deep socket set (think that's what my brother said) somewhere. I'll dig it out tonight and take better pics. I'll give ya first dibs. Depending on what you'd like,we can discuss how difficult it would be to powdercoat a shopping cart. . . :laughing6
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Oh - and I actually found a large photographer's basin curbside once. It was fabbed out of fiberglass and while I was remodeling my house I used it to wash out tools and buckets in the back yard. Now that most of that is over and done I had filled it with seeds to get some plants going, but the neighborhood cats thought it was a giant litterbox.

Now it's just sitting in my yard. I have a strong desire to tile the whole thing and turn it into a nice planter box, but I'm not sure it's really worth the effort. If you think you might benefit from it, let me know and it's yours.

(You should probably come over and lay claim to all the other stuff I don't want and can't sell!)
Woohoo! It's a deal. You like plants too?
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Yeppers. It's great. Although it can be overwhelming if you sign up for too many city lists. I've managed to get some good paint and lumber from the Alvin people. A woman in Texas City had an ooooold piano from a little church that no longer exists, but I could never get a low trailer or enough help to pick it up. It was beautiful. Amazing stuff comes up, but I rarely manage to get my request in first. Have you ever picked up anything from it? Or offered anything on it?
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