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Waste Management's new "Bagster" is a 4'x8'x2.5' woven fabric bag with huge straps. The intended use is as a disposable dumpster, but the construction itself is awe inspiring. How can we use this wonderful $30 product for other things?  We'll be using it as a liner for our general purpose trailer. My first thought was as an inexpensive raised-bed garden (floppy sides need some framing to make this work.  How about as a hammock? It doesn't hold water or it would make an interesting pool...

Anyone else interested in this thing?

Here's the official website: http://www.thebagster.com/

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Toga_Dan (author)2016-07-07

I recently saw a documentary about the ancient art of basket boats. They were coated with bitumen to waterproof em. I suppose the modern stuff would be flexseal. Perhaps the bagster can be waterproofed to make pool. Or boat.

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katerlyn (author)2016-07-02

I am happy to see your comment and also below, I will use mine for the back of my pickup truck when I pickup compost and/or gravel. Great idea! "Why didn't I think of that?"

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SarahH20 (author)2015-06-04

I scrap alot and I see things I like to grab???

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SarahH20 (author)2015-06-04

is it ok to go through someone's bagster if its out on the street ???

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NachoMahma (author)2010-07-01

. "Skip" is British for "dumpster". No idea about greedy-boards and too scared to look it up.

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Gorfram (author)NachoMahma2010-07-01

Hunh - the best I could get out of Google (the first two pages, anyway) was:
"The fuzzy family assignment algorithm outperforms the greedy board algorithm, formerly the best available method."
(Hewlett Packard Journal, June 1994, Volume 45, Issue 3)

Now I get to wonder about "fuzzy families" at the same time I'm wondering about greedy-boards... :)

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Goodhart (author)Gorfram2010-07-02

See my answer and Lemonie's reply....

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Gorfram (author)Goodhart2010-07-02

My thanks to both of you. (Now I can devote myself solely to wondering about "fuzzy families." ;)

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vtbeachldy (author)Gorfram2010-07-03

O.T> Well, in our house the "fuzzy family" would refer to the furkids-- the cats and dogs that live with us. Also called the four-legged kids. But I'm pretty sure the HP folk were talking about groups of results that came from using WAG theories -- also popular at our house.

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Goodhart (author)vtbeachldy2010-07-03

I see where she might have gotten confused....I know at My house, more of our fur babies are not really "fuzzy" but have longer coats

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lemonie (author)2010-06-20


It's a cheap-skip then?
No fires, no greedy-boards?

L

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Gorfram (author)lemonie2010-06-30

Er, what's a greedy-board?

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Goodhart (author)Gorfram2010-07-01

I "believe" it is a "support board" like they use on some Pickup trucks to raise the height of the sides to increase the load capacity....

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lemonie (author)Goodhart2010-07-02


Yes it is. There's some kind of humour in using a more earthy and less technically-correct word (esp with ref to "do not fill above this line")

L

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lemonie (author)Gorfram2010-06-30


When poeple hire skips it's at a fixed-rate. So they aim to get as much trash in the skip as they can. Nobody takes heed of "do not fill above this line", "greedy-boards" are things like old doors that you put at the sides that enable you to pile the crap higher without falling out the sides.

L


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vtbeachldy (author)lemonie2010-07-01

Ahhhh, now I see! Thank you for the photo and also the explanation.

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lemonie (author)vtbeachldy2010-07-02

There's only a hint of a board in that one, but if you got the idea - job done. L

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EmmettO (author)2010-06-30

Never seen one before. That's an awful lot of fabric for $30. You could make some really tough work cloths with it. Use it to remove sediment from water by running the water through it? It'd be useless as a tarp cause it won't keep rain off. You could use a section of the fabric to carry a bundle of logs. Make a tool bag with it. Stake strips of the fabric in the ground around a young tree to keep rabbits and deer from eating the leaves and bark in the fall.

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vtbeachldy (author)EmmettO2010-06-30

I'm also looking at the way the straps are attached. There are loops on the sides of the bag and then the straps go thru the loops. Yes, the strapping alone is well worth the $30.

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Gorfram (author)vtbeachldy2010-07-01

I keep thinking about that thing where they load livestock onto or off of a ship by lifting the animal in a sling and hoisting it aboard by crane. Poke four holes in the bagster to accomodate the poor animal's legs, and you'd have a $30 sling.

Even if you don't have any ships, livestock, or desire to see pigs fly (well, dangle, at least); you could use the baster-sling for hoisting haevy goods into a barn loft, or to higher floors and roofs on a construction site.

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Goodhart (author)Gorfram2010-07-01

"poke four holes" and hopefully reinforce said holes ;-) too bad one side doesn't "drop down"......I could use one and just PUSH all the junk that has been accumulating in my house for 20 years, out into the thing.....without having to lift the junk....(my porch is a bit above ground level)

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Goodhart (author)2010-06-30
Some further info on this:
  • 3 cubic yard capacity
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  • Holds up to 3300 LB
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  • Collection service available in some areas; fee varies by market and is paid to Waste Management at time of collection


Ah HAH !  That is where they expect to make their money....when you call them to collect it.....

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vtbeachldy (author)Goodhart2010-06-30

The capacity is actually 2.37 yards (64 cu.ft.) and I think I read somewhere that anything over a ton will cost extra at pick up. The last Dumpster we had parked in our yard was three cubic yards for $300 and you had to be done with it in a week. At $99 for pick up service, plus the initial $30, I think it's a deal and certainly something a homeowner could easily use. Brilliant idea, in my book.

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vtbeachldy (author)vtbeachldy2010-07-01

Sorry, faulty math. It's 2.9629 cu.yds.

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Goodhart (author)vtbeachldy2010-06-30

Ah, so someone is misrepresenting the total capacity.....I must find that ad again....

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Doctor What (author)2010-06-30

Result: Fits seven bodies. Makes good sleeping bag.

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Gorfram (author)2010-06-30

- Build a 4' x 8' x 6'-to-9' frame and use the upside-down bagster for a tent  roof & partial sides.

- Bond two together and stuff with (stuffing of some type) for a super-cheap mattress.

- Bury it in 4' x 8' x 30" hole in a low spot on your property. Back fill with improved soil and plant a bog garden or a rain garden.

- Use to transport the bodies of your slain enemies to suitably remote burial site. :)

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vtbeachldy (author)Gorfram2010-06-30

The only drawback I've found so far is that it does NOT hold water. It drains through the weave of the fabric. Now, this is good if you want to build a raised bed garden-- drainage is required; but not good for a bog garden. I'm mulling over a pipe frame to hold up the sides and ends to use it for a planting bed. It'll make an interesting Instructable if I can figure it out.

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Gorfram (author)vtbeachldy2010-06-30

Hmm - I was assuming that it would leak the water only slowly, much like landscape fabric. The area where I live is damp enough that you wouldn't want your bog garden absolutely watertight, unless you were aiming for a "stagnant swamp" garden. :)

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vtbeachldy (author)2010-06-30

I forgot to mention that we did come up with a very practical use: to haul dirt or gravel in the bed of the pickup. After most of the material is emptied out, you could just pull the whole bag out. Clean truck. Our truck has a six foot bed and the tailgate is another two feet. Or, leave the tailgate up and just fold up the part of the bag you don't need.

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