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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

6 years ago

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

6 years ago

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

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Kirbsome!Aron313

Reply 6 years ago

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

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Aron313Kirbsome!

Reply 6 years ago

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

6 years ago

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

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Ilija Miljkovac

6 years ago

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

6 years ago

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

7 years ago

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

8 years ago

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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lemonie

8 years ago

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!lemonie

Reply 8 years ago

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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JamesRPatricklemonie

Reply 8 years ago

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

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lemonieJamesRPatrick

Reply 8 years ago

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

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Doctor What

8 years ago

 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!Doctor What

Reply 8 years ago

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

8 years ago

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

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Dr. Pretorious

8 years ago

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

8 years ago

No one throws out much around here except for tree branches...
=/ 

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Kirbsome!zascecs

Reply 8 years ago

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

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zascecsKirbsome!

Reply 8 years ago

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

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CrawdadMan

8 years ago

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.