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Thread: Can't wait for spring Garbage Picking . . .

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    Can't wait for spring Garbage Picking . . .

    Hi - my names Jim and I'm a scavenger.

    Spring is coming which means Spring BULK pickup is coming to the towns around mine. That's when homeowners can put out anything for garbage pickup but construction debris. You can dispose of toilets, cabinets and Water Heaters but not construction lumber. Go figure...

    Anyway, people like me drive around and skim the cream - so to speak.

    There are the scrap metal guys, antiquers, the "snippers" that cut the power cords off of anything electrical - even computer mice and people like me that are looking for cool things.

    For example - I just started cleaning up a Fein Turbo II vac I grabbed in the fall. It's LOUD but I suspected that it was due to having ingested a large amount of sheetrock dust. The cannister was CAKED with such dust.

    I've got it all apart and the fan impeller had 1/16" of SR dust on the blades. I've run the motor without the impeller and it's quiet, so I think it was an imbalanced impeller and not the actual motor/bearings. We'll see when I get it cleaned up and back together. I DON'T think it merits a post in the RESTORATION Forum. Worst comes to worst I can cannibalize the tool triggered start assembly and use it for my Ridgid vac. If so I'll have a BRAND NEW felt bag available - it's brand new and came with the price sticker still on it!

    Over the years I've picked up a lot of decent furniture at the curb. I have a solid oak dining room table, daughters desk and over desk hutch, living room coffee table, headboard for daughters bed, various storage shelves and bins. It's amazing what people throw away.

    I've started using Freecycle and similar sites to get rid of useful stuff. Car stereos, computer Zip Drives, wired computer routers and USB CD-Burners . . . Things like that . . .

    There is a rummage sale in one of the local churches to ease me into shape - I need to ease into the season so to speak.

    Cheers

    Jim
    Last edited by Jim Mattheiss; 03-14-2009 at 12:54 AM. Reason: spelling corrections

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    Ive ruined a few suits and a few leather car seats in my time finding little things.

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    around here, we call it boulevard shopping.
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    I used to live right off a busy street, with a handful of homeless guys living in the neighborhood. I'd leave my unwanted stuff on the curb anytime I wanted. It would be gone within hours. I called it Homeless Depot.
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    We have an annul pick-up like that also. What folks throw away isn't necessarily junk. Often they simply don't want the item anymore. There can be some good gleanings. All you need is a pick up truck and no shame.

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    Trust me Frank,, I have no shame. If its free,, its for me.

    We don't have a given day for it, but in the summer it's amazing the things you see out for the trash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mattheiss View Post
    the "snippers" that cut the power cords off of anything electrical
    What!? Why on earth would they do that?
    There's usually more than one way to do it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    What!? Why on earth would they do that?
    copper art is good dollars,, they are or were stealing it from houses and power lines too. some got hot and didnt make it ut alot have made it past and caused power outages even.
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    Larry's right - copper is golden . . .

    But the return on effort for stripping the wires in a mouse cable for scrap would seem pretty low . . .

    There was an closed hospital / administrative complex in the NYC area (might have been Jersey? ). The buildings were owned by 2 different companies. All of the copper in the buildings owned by Company A was stolen. They estimated that it was weeks of effort by experienced electricians to pull MILES and MILES of cables out of conduits within the complex and cart it away. This included HUGE feeder cables from the transformer to Main Panels and from the Main panel to various sub-panels. I'm no sparky, but you need cable pulling tools to do that sort of work efficiently.

    Company B's buildings weren't touched.

    I haven't heard anything else on this story since the initial news story a while ago.

    Cheers

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mattheiss View Post
    Larry's right - copper is golden . . .

    But the return on effort for stripping the wires in a mouse cable for scrap would seem pretty low . . .
    Yeah, Time + Gas + Car wear+tear... I still find it hard to believe.
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