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Thread: A new meaning for " bulk pickup"

  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
    New Jersey
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    A new meaning for " bulk pickup"

    We have bulk pickup in our town once a month. I was going for a walk today and my eyes lit up. Took my truck and got four pieces of nice pine, 5 'long 9"wide by 3/4", another piece 17" wide by 4 ' long, pretty sure its veneer something, and two pieces of pine 6" wide, 3 ' long by 1" thick. Given the price of wood today, I know where I'll be on bulk pickup day every month. (Needless to say my wife was not happy with my " bulk picking" )

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    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    NE OH
    It always hurts me to get rid of shorts and long but narrow pieces that I know are usable by "someone" just not by me, at least not in the volume I seem to generate them when processing rough sawn lumber. I just don't have room to keep most of them. So I always wrap them in bundles with stretch wrap, and put them out late afternoon the day before our normal trash pickup. They are almost always gone by morning. Good on you for saving usable material from the dump and just tell your wife how much you are saving at today's lumber prices!
    --Certainty is the refuge of a small mind--

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    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Longview WA
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    Some of my favorite pieces of lumber have been the ones salvaged in the wild.

    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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    I picked up a 100 foot extension cord one time from someone's trash - if I remember right it was 14 gauge. After checking it, I found that one of the wires broke at the connection to the female end. Replaced that and I had a good extension cord.

    Trash diving!

    Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

  5. #5
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    Dec 2010
    South Coastal Massachusetts

    Welcome to the Clan MacFrugal.

  6. #6
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    May 2009
    Wenatchee. Wa
    Donít you people realize the repurposing as evidenced above does not support the consumer economy? UnAmerican and possibly unpatriotic not supporting Wall St and our capitalist system. The stimulus money was meant to be spent on buying new things, not enabling trash crawling and reusing stuff. Dennis listen to your wife, I think you should do the right thing and throw those boards out and send me your address.

  7. #7
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    Apr 2013
    Kansas City
    "Who just gives away wood?"

    - Jamie, from Progressive Insurance

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    Two weeks ago, picked up TWO Sthil chainsaws from dumpsters. Gave one away there and brought the other home. Fired up on third pull, used it to cut up an Elm log. Last Sunday morning, in front of a recently sold house was a complete gas grill, in working condition- FREE.

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    I picked up a Weber charcoal burning kettle grill in nice shape right across from my elderly mothers house during the towns spring clean up days recently. I had been wanting another one for some time but never got around to buying another one

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Orwell, NY
    In 1999 or 2000 I picked up a roll of twist tie material, like is used to close bread bags, about 12" in diameter and 4" wide. It was all marked MONDAY every few inches. I kept it on a wall for many years and occasionally used a little, and then finally in 2019 I found someone who used that kind of material often and was happy to have a big roll of it. I have picked up lots of other things that were more useful, too.

  11. #11
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    Sep 2016
    Modesto, CA, USA
    My town had to switch to you call and schedule the bulky item pickup. When it was in a entire neighborhood the scrappers came and broke it all up and took any metal leaving a big mess into the street. garbage company lost money with no metal scrap to cover cost.
    If I leave anything metal in the alley it is gone in a week or less. Neighbor left a foam mattress in the. alley scrapers cut it apart looking for springs. I think it did have a stiff wire top rim.
    Bill D
    Last edited by Bill Dufour; 05-29-2021 at 5:54 PM.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Cincinnati Ohio
    "Remember back in the day, when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work?"
    - Rick Dale

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