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Old 07-18-2020, 03:04 PM   #21
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It’s not dumpster diving but I have a tool bag full of tools I have found along the roadside and in parking lots. They make great sacrificial tools when one need to use persuasion on nuts n bolts that are stubborn even after applying heat or liquid wrench type products.
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Old 07-18-2020, 05:48 PM   #22
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You know youíve had a good day when you find a tool that is better than any one like it that you already have. While waiting to discuss a project with a Boy Scout, I saw this ratchet lying in the street gutter partially covered by leaves one fine fall day. Have used it for about 15 years.
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Old 07-18-2020, 10:00 PM   #23
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Oh brother, here I read these posts and then go for a dog walk around the block.

Neighbor has a hammock out front with a free sign on it. M. says she loves it and tells me to get the truck and take it home. Neighbor comes out and I plead with him to raise the price. OK, he said, I'll double it, but 2 times free is still free.

I guess I can't complain too much. My favorite light weight lounge chair also came home the same way.

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Old 07-18-2020, 10:14 PM   #24
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I was camped out near Yosemite and went to put trash in a dumpster. I found a shiny new Mr. Heater propane heater carefully posed on top of the trash. I grabbed it on the theory that it could be fixed. I fired it up and it worked fine for about 30 seconds and went out. When I got home I got on Amazon and checked the negative reviews. The first one I looked at was a lament that the outside of the box did not state that it did not work at high altitudes! I carry it in my 5.0TA and seldom use the furnace. The heater is very efficient and does not deplete the battery.
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Old 07-18-2020, 10:48 PM   #25
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Oh brother, here I read these posts and then go for a dog walk around the block.

Neighbor has a hammock out front with a free sign on it. M. says she loves it and tells me to get the truck and take it home. Neighbor comes out and I plead with him to raise the price. OK, he said, I'll double it, but 2 times free is still free.

I guess I can't complain too much. My favorite light weight lounge chair also came home the same way.

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Ron now that hammock is sweet and I love your lounger too . Still have a couple of those that are chairs they are so comfortable too ! Hard to find anymore . Pat
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Old 07-18-2020, 11:34 PM   #26
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Want a lawn swing free? We bought a second one to replace the cushions and the top cover on the one we already have. The rest is in the box, in the back shed.
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Old 07-19-2020, 12:31 AM   #27
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Want a lawn swing free? We bought a second one to replace the cushions and the top cover on the one we already have. The rest is in the box, in the back shed.
Good place for it, just don't leave it at the curb with a free sign on it on my blocks.

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Old 07-19-2020, 12:57 AM   #28
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Hey, it's already on a dolly. Can have that too.
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You know youíve had a good day when you find a tool that is better than any one like it that you already have. While waiting to discuss a project with a Boy Scout, I saw this ratchet lying in the street gutter partially covered by leaves one fine fall day. Have used it for about 15 years.
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Old 07-19-2020, 10:28 AM   #30
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While taking trash out @ Abiliene SP, noticed a cooler sitting next to dumpster. Upon further inspection, noticed it was a Yeti. Took back to camp, filled with water, no leaks! Guess previous owner ran out of space and dumped it. Good find for a $300 cooler!
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Not really, Iíll bet someone is looking for it. Probably was dumping stuff and emptying the cooler then just forgot it. Oh well someoneís loss your gain😁
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Old 07-19-2020, 12:51 PM   #31
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I have always set unneeded but useful items next to the dumpsters in campgrounds, often put out a "free" table in front of the house, and made major contributions to the "Blue Tarp" that Iowa Dave sets up at the Niagara Wine Escape Rally. I have also collected items at the same locations.

One of my favorites is a building at the Nantucket Island transfer station & dump called "Take It or Leave It." All kinds of turn over of useful, but unneeded stuff. I usually go home with 20 - 30 books, and the Pelonis electric ceramic heater I use in the trailer came from there.
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Old 07-19-2020, 01:26 PM   #32
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One of my favorites is a building at the Nantucket Island transfer station & dump called "Take It or Leave It."
Wish our transfer station had that. I hate seeing folks tossing things like lawn mowers that I know from experience might be thrown out just because of a minor problem.

If you see someone tossing something that you could use, too bad, no scavenging.

There was a dude working there who took great delight in jumping on anyone who dared to pick up an item once it hit the floor.

One day I backed in next to guy who had a 6' sliding patio door and he was about to dump it. I had a use for it so when he confirmed that he was chucking it I said that I'll give you a hand to slide it onto my truck. The dude saw what was happening and came at us gangbusters but at some point realized what we did was legal, the door hadn't been dumped. Don't think he ever forgave me though.

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Old 07-19-2020, 01:58 PM   #33
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Wish our transfer station had that. I hate seeing folks tossing things like lawn mowers that I know from experience might be thrown out just because of a minor problem.

If you see someone tossing something that you could use, too bad, no scavenging.

There was a dude working there who took great delight in jumping on anyone who dared to pick up an item once it hit the floor.

One day I backed in next to guy who had a 6' sliding patio door and he was about to dump it. I had a use for it so when he confirmed that he was chucking it I said that I'll give you a hand to slide it onto my truck. The dude saw what was happening and came at us gangbusters but at some point realized what we did was legal, the door hadn't been dumped. Don't think he ever forgave me though.

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That dude was the despotic sovereign of his little trash kingdom, eh? There are people like that. Maybe his wife ruled the roost at home, and this was his only outlet.
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Old 07-19-2020, 02:09 PM   #34
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I bought a Yeti 2 years ago and I wish they had it back. It doesn't perform nearly as well as advertised. It supposed to keep ice 4 days or so but I'm lucky to get just 30 hrs or around there.



Not outside in the TX heat either, inside.
True. The Polar Cap from Cabelas works FAR better than the Yeti, and at a much lower price to boot. The Polar Cap can keep ice for several days, even in a South Texas summer. With the Yeti we are lucky to get a day and a half or so.
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That dude was the despotic sovereign of his little trash kingdom, eh? There are people like that. Maybe his wife ruled the roost at home, and this was his only outlet.
A friend worked at a transfer station and made a few $$ salvaging weed wackers, leaf blowers and even a couple of snow blowers. If they required more than minimal work he just tossed them. More often than not just cleaning the carb or adjusting a belt did the trick. Todayís society just throws everything away. We have an 18+ year old clothes dryer thatís on itís 3rd belt and at least itís third heating element. Couldnít come close to buying a new one for what it took to fix it, even paying myself for the labor 😆
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If you want the best scavenging situation there is, find out the Dorm move out day at college or university. The more prestigious and expensive the school the better the haul. Incredible nearly new stuff is set out and abandoned all over the campus and you won’t believe the items you’ll score.
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Wish our transfer station had that. I hate seeing folks tossing things like lawn mowers that I know from experience might be thrown out just because of a minor problem.

If you see someone tossing something that you could use, too bad, no scavenging.

There was a dude working there who took great delight in jumping on anyone who dared to pick up an item once it hit the floor.

One day I backed in next to guy who had a 6' sliding patio door and he was about to dump it. I had a use for it so when he confirmed that he was chucking it I said that I'll give you a hand to slide it onto my truck. The dude saw what was happening and came at us gangbusters but at some point realized what we did was legal, the door hadn't been dumped. Don't think he ever forgave me though.

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Since Nantucket is a small island, anything they can do to avoid landfilling or having to fill a truck that has to be ferried 2.5 hours to the mainland is golden. They do have "Dump Guards", but they are mainly there to insure you do the correct sorting into the various bins.

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If you want the best scavenging situation there is, find out the Dorm move out day at college or university. The more prestigious and expensive the school the better the haul. Incredible nearly new stuff is set out and abandoned all over the campus and you won’t believe the items you’ll score.
The Newman Center (the campus Catholic center) has a group started by my late wife & one of the students called People Against Poverty. Almost all of their funding comes from collecting at the end of the academic year here at the college. They collect & donate 5-6 tons of food that is donated to the local food pantries, cement blocks that go to Habitat for Humanity, and enough clothing, much which mom & dad bought for "going to college" that still had the tags on them, that are sold at a garage sale that makes thousands. This is for a small (9000 student) state university; I can't imagine what it would be like for a large one.

We put donation boxes in the dorm lobbies, and my contribution was to pull the seats out of my mini van & make a circle of the dorms completely filling the van with food & clothing every day for 2 weeks.

It has been 20 years since we started the program, but it is still running (although obviously skipped this year).
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It has been 20 years since we started the program, but it is still running (although obviously skipped this year).
So you do good work in addition to making great pies.

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The Newman Center (the campus Catholic center) has a group started by my late wife & one of the students called People Against Poverty. Almost all of their funding comes from collecting at the end of the academic year here at the college. They collect & donate 5-6 tons of food that is donated to the local food pantries, cement blocks that go to Habitat for Humanity, and enough clothing, much which mom & dad bought for "going to college" that still had the tags on them, that are sold at a garage sale that makes thousands. This is for a small (9000 student) state university; I can't imagine what it would be like for a large one.

We put donation boxes in the dorm lobbies, and my contribution was to pull the seats out of my mini van & make a circle of the dorms completely filling the van with food & clothing every day for 2 weeks.

It has been 20 years since we started the program, but it is still running (although obviously skipped this year).
Thatís really awesome Jon !Pat
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