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  1. #76
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    Kids toss the stuff because they're not the ones that paid for it.They figure mommy and daddy will replace what they tossed when they get home.
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  2. #77

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    Just found one of those HF 9 function metal detectors in the dumpster behind my harbor freight. Even had brand new duracell batteries in it so i guess someone bought it to use to find something then returned it an HF threw it out. Super excited cause I've always wanted to try out detecting! Afraid I'm going to like it and soon be coughing up 600 hundred bucks or so on a proper detector. Oh well

    Oh also pulled the 1 drawer US general tool cart new in box out of that dumpster same day. Just put it together an there's nothing wrong with it!


    edit: Actually the tool cart was missing the set of keys to lock the drawer with. If that's why they threw it out lol.
    Last edited by craig82; Nov 03, 2018 at 04:40 PM.
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  3. #78
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    Quote Originally Posted by nomad 11 View Post
    and you did'nt take em home ? hmm ?
    Some things are better left in the dumpster.
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    I found a jewelry box with gold necklaces 18k
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    Quote Originally Posted by trdking View Post
    I love this thread, it was made for my DNA. I have been dumpster diving, flea marketing, yard saleing, bartering, roll up the sleeves and just plain work like a dog to make a buck since I could ride a bicycle. I grew up in a rough part of town, my father was a design engineer for Aerospace, a burst can ignition specialist, and made great money but... I was one of 11 children so this neighborhood was what my Dad could afford and still feed all of us. It was near an industrial park.
    I know you posted this a while ago but just noticed where you live. Up until two years ago I lived in Brea and did 40-50 yardsales every Saturday. I am sure our path probably passed quite a few times.

    What town did you grow up in? (I was also one of 11 kids)
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    Six extruded aluminum phone booths. A few years back, when the price of aluminum was up there.
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  7. #82
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    Found a metal box with a gold Waltham pocket watch, and full of hundred dollar bills in an old piano that was dumped.....
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    My uncle found a 14k white gold ring in its original box sitting outside a trash chute at his old apartment complex. It had a parking garage, so it was a nicer complex. I NEVER thought people would throw valuables out. But I was wrong. People throw almost New valuables out every day. Unreal
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    Found a metal box with a gold Waltham pocket watch, and full of hundred dollar bills in an old piano that was dumped.....
    When we had a piano it had a secret compartment only a piano tuner would know about. The entire panel where you would bump your knees would come out. A hidden latch way up at the top opened it up and you could pull the entire panel. I used to keep all my coins and gold in there. I double checked that spot before I sold it and before the movers came.

    So always check that area if you come upon an older upright piano.
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    at yard sales I am dollardan

  10. #85
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    Hate to admit it, but nothing.
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  11. #86
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    Love that cat--not found in dumpster...........h

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenwonderbear View Post
    Love that cat--not found in dumpster...........h
    that cat has not missed a meal!
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  13. #88

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    Though I donít generally make a habit of dumpster diving I did find this a few months ago hanging out of someoneís garbage can. Kind of an interesting story. I was driving to work one morning about 5am and I see someoneís knocked over garbage can. (Which isnít wholly unlikely since I live in the woods and the bears just work their way down the road at night pillaging one can to the next, spreading crap everywhere.) I can see the arm peeking out the top with the dial indicator on it. Because I am an inquisitive fellow this thing plagued me. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what it was...
    So driving home I saw the trash man had come and left my mystery item beside the garbage can. Still wondering what it was I went home, later that night, the Fiancť and I went out to get some drinks at the local tap house and on the way home I was telling her the story of this mystery item and that I couldnít figure out what it was. So we get to the garbage can and itís still sitting there so I stop and tell her to go check it out and see if she can tell me what it is. Well she, half Crocked, jumps out of the car runs over to it. Grabs it, and comes running back toward the car hollering at me to open the back! She throws it in the car and she jumps back in telling me she has no idea what it is. So, I get it home and I am doing some research to try and figure out what it is. I can see itís all machined and has a dial indicator but am literally getting nowhere with what itís use is. I can read the brand, Ultra Tec. Made in Santa Ana California. At this point itís like a challenge because itís all precision and my machinists spirit loves precision things.

    Researching the company they generally make sanding products and one of their primary products is a machine to grind fiber optic lines for splicing. But I know that canít be right because itís too old. So I start asking around at work and showing it to people and it turns out, a coworker knew exactly what it is. It is a lapidary machine used for grinding the facets into diamonds and gemstones. The company still makes them, and an analog grinding machine will cost you about 5 grand! So thatís my best find in a garbage can. Click image for larger version. 

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  14. #89
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    1960ís Supro Valco Chicago 51 1616T tube amp!!! It was moldy and smelt terrible but cleaned up great and it worked! I messed around with it and played a couple CCR songs then sold on eBay for $590!!!
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  15. #90
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    I'll catch hell for this but here goes. In the late 80's/early 90's the Feds changed the way semi drivers were licensed. We ALL had to be retested, written only. I was going to have to take the basic test, air brake test, haz mat test, and double trailer test. Yikes! I had an idea. I went to the drivers license office after dark and hit their dumpster. I found stacks of CDL tests that were previously taken AND graded. Questions were computer generated and not all the same, but close enough to figure out their methods. I studied these tests and went and took my tests. I aced all of them. The guy that gave me the tests said he never saw anyone finish the test that fast. Yuk Yuk!

    I gave up trucking when my employer went under and ended back in the machine shop. I no longer have a CDL. Gary

 

 
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