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One mans garbage... Answered


Really is another mans gold!

I'm the type of person who, when seeing something internesting, picks it up.

For instance, I have found:
@ A working VCR (and I use it)
@ A small TV (not broken, just REALLY old)
@ Microwave ovens (several, not a single one broken)
@ Old computers (the joys of Harddrive magnets)
@ A 27 inch Panasonic TV (it's working perfectly, i use it daily)
UPDATE 10 July 2010

@ A working DVD player (slot jammed, fixed it)
@ A PlayStation 1 (not tested, I'll report back) (tested it with the AV cable I also found, it works!)

There's no shame in taking "trash" off the streets!
I got some funny looks having a small TV strapped to my bike,
I take them as compliments!

What I'm trying to say here is basically
Save the planet, finders keepers!

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meetscottewart01 (author)2012-05-14

ya right!
guess thus is a genius advice for everyone
this could be a big leap to human kind
Thanks! :)

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Aron313 (author)2012-03-02

That is great!! :D But the planet doesn't need to be saved.

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Kirbsome! (author)Aron3132012-03-03

Maybe not the planet as a whole, but it's surface is looking worse by the day.

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Aron313 (author)Kirbsome!2012-03-03

I do agree that people shouldnt throw bottles out of car windows. Someone has to pick that up eventually. But as long as its in a trash can thats fine.

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Ilija Miljkovac (author)2012-01-24

im going to a car dump yay(its suprising how many engines work there)

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Ilija Miljkovac (author)2012-01-24

in my town on streets you can find broken stuff(i still take it) and dumpsters like 1-2 working things per 100 dumpsters so nobody does that i only take sumthing i find on the street that is useful(like wires) there is muc beter places to look there is a town in my country where you can find something thats a litle more useful but the best loot is on the pleaces where nobody goes i get lots of wires at places like that(im 10 years old and collect metal i have build stuff from it allready)

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Baronrc (author)2011-12-15

Finding good junk is pretty tough around here. Cape Town has a fair bit of poverty so there are many who scavenge to survive. My campus is a few blocks from the city rubbish dump and I often see people who spend their entire day on the foul-smelling dump scavenging recyclable metals and other tid-bits. I have a lot to be grateful for.

On a less somber note I did once scavenge a cool mining chisel-thing. It looked like a normal masonry chisel but it was the length of my forearm and about as thick. Think it comes off some heavy pneumatic machinery. If i ever get a lathe this thing (minus it's hardened tip) will make excellent stock for practice.

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Qsam (author)2010-11-23

My dad is really good at this, he found a workin chainsaw someone thought it was broken, but it was just put in safe or something. He found a gitarr speaker or what ever it was. Just plug it in and it was working really good. A small sailboat:P. So i tried an found som straps an made a chin-up bar. And a mirror. Not in his class yet but im getting there :)

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tubanator-2.0 (author)2010-07-26

best things i think i ever found were a pretty big flat piece of thin rubber me and a friend used it in a fort.and i found like 2-3 bicycles at one house. and got a unfinished guitar just needs the hard ware. also in my neighborhood theirs a group of people who go driving around for stuff.they always seem to have good bunch of cool things.

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Kirbsome! (author)tubanator-2.02010-07-27

Seems like a pretty nice neighborhood!

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lemonie (author)2010-02-12

I found a car-battery, bloody-sod hacking it apart for the lead & acid though... still I got the scale out of the toilet already.

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Kirbsome! (author)lemonie2010-02-12

That's great, keeping heavy metals out of the ground!

(Heavy metal is also good to keep out of your ears!)

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JamesRPatrick (author)lemonie2010-07-21

You took apart a car battery?!? Y'know, junk yards will recycle those, and pay you to bring them in.

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lemonie (author)JamesRPatrick2010-07-21

Yes, but it was very heavy, and cracked and I wanted some free lead & acid.

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Doctor What (author)2010-05-17

 I used to do this all the time when I was younger (11, 12 ish).  It was nice having four televisions in my room.  :)

I still do this today, but just with different stuff.  Gas canisters, pressure gauges, interesting junk, insulators, chains, anything that catches my eye.  It's quite fun.

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Kirbsome! (author)Doctor What2010-05-18

Several TV sets in your romm indeed is nice.
But I wouldn't touch gas canisters, I kinda like having fingers.

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cfisher_cody (author)2010-05-18

I pickup scrap metal from bed frames and broken microwaves and go and sell to the junk yard.

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Kirbsome! (author)cfisher_cody2010-05-18

So you're even profiting?
That's awesome!

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Dr. Pretorious (author)2010-05-17

I do this as well. It's usually not much ore than discarded nuts and bolts but you can't say no to free.

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zascecs (author)2010-05-16

No one throws out much around here except for tree branches...
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Kirbsome! (author)zascecs2010-05-17

No local dumpsters or construction sites?
Dumps are great too, if you are nice to the people working there!

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zascecs (author)Kirbsome!2010-05-17

Sadly, no. All the dumpsters are just for recycling papers...  =/

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CrawdadMan (author)2010-05-11

I do this all the time i have found numerous working bicycles, a stereo system for my car and another for my room. also you can recycle pop cans and such for money. keep up the good work.

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