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Old 06-29-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Are the porcelain insulators worth anything or is that just throw away? Thanks.

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Old 06-29-2011, 07:01 PM   #2
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I throw `em away. IF you can find someone willing to pay $$$ for them, let me know, and I'll sell him bunches of `em!!

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I'd save a representative example or two. Trash the rest.....

or find a creative way to repurpose them:

- give em to the kids to string into festive christmas garland.

- insert a reed and make a tube whistle. Repeat x10 for a pan-pipe.

- Three words: miniature bowling set.
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The tubes are supposed to be excellent as knife sharpeners.
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They make good pea-shooters
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The tubes are supposed to be excellent as knife sharpeners.
I'll have to try that sometime.
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You can also use them as napkin holders, paper weights, a spool for some string, a plumb bob...
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You can also use them as napkin holders, paper weights, a spool for some string, a plumb bob...
I've got at least two doing duty as plumb bobs.
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I've got at least two doing duty as plumb bobs.
So Iím not the only one in this world using them as plumb bobs
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That is what I figured. I had to ask cause I hate throwing things away that possibly could be useful to someone. I went on Ebay and one guy is selling one of the insulators for 15 dollars. It has to be a joke. http://cgi.ebay.com/Porcelain-Insula...item483f1b4e42.
The post really cracks me up. He has 3 pictures of a single tube and says it is a antique in perfect condition.lol. Thanks for the post. No pea shooters or bowling alleys for me. Straight to the garbage.
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That is what I figured. I had to ask cause I hate throwing things away that possibly could be useful to someone. I went on Ebay and one guy is selling one of the insulators for 15 dollars. It has to be a joke. http://cgi.ebay.com/Porcelain-Insula...item483f1b4e42.
The post really cracks me up. He has 3 pictures of a single tube and says it is a antique in perfect condition.lol. Thanks for the post. No pea shooters or bowling alleys for me. Straight to the garbage.
Boy what some people will do or sell for a buckÖ.
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If you look up sundial wire they say they will buy the knobs for up to $2 a piece depending on condition. I have never delt with them though.
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Save them to show your apprentices. And explain to them they used a hand drill to do the whole house. Pass on the History of Electric! I sometimes wonder how many workers fed their family because of stuff thats no longer needed,but needed at the time.


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