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Old 03-21-2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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Older lady calls me to help her out cleaning out her two story garage and under her house.
Her husband had passed away 5 years ago and she wanted to get rid of all of his old stuff he had "collected".
I ended up hauling away 13 trailer loads of just trash.
He had kept every oil filter and air filter he had ever removed.
There was at least 5 boxes of nothing but old broken B&D tool all taken apart and never fixed.
There was peg board all over the walls in his shop but instead of using it he had screw drivers hanging from strings from the ceiling.
There was hundreds of cardboard boxes with no marking on the outside. I'd open up the box and there would be something like a big cooler inside that was duct taped closed, Open that up and there would be another smaller cooler duct taped, Open that one up and there would be a brand new set of sockets, screw drivers, chisles, ECT.
Very strange.
Under the house you could only see as far as the door because there was so much stuff.
Five gal, metal buckets that had rusted out, at least 3, VW engines and body parts that were nothng but a pile of rust. Old lawn mowers.
At the very back that was impossble to get to until all the rest got hauled out was a stack from floor to ceiling of rough cut Cherry lumber all sticked to dry out. The whole pile was eatten up with termites.
As I was cleaning I would find what looked like brand new tools buryed under piles of trash.
Roto Zips, Dremal tools, drills, routers, hundreds of brand new router bits.
I put all of them in one pile in one of the three empty garage bays so her sons could look them over.
Very strange strange place indeed.

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It sounds like the man was a tool hoarder. Hopefully there will be an estate sale there in the future to get those tools back to being usefull again.

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Some people are just pack rats. Have you ever seen the show Hoarders? Its actually a mental illness similar to OCD with opposite symptoms, but all about control nevertheless. Almost like everything is so out of control in their lives that the mess is one thing that they can still control. Controlled chaos.

Just this morning my son (young) was putting his boots on when I saw his toe sticking out of his sock. I told him to throw it away and go change his socks
I caught him trying to sneak the sock back into his room. He said he felt sorry for it.
I will pitch it later today
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:39 PM   #4
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The sock story is cute. As far as the hoarders, I sometimes think it has a lot to do with how people grew up. If they were born in the depression era and grew up dirt poor, they hold on to things, just because they might become poor again and would be sorry if they threw something away that had value. My dad was like that. He grew up in a poor family. He just hated to throw anything away. Somebody might be able to use it. Sure makes a lot of work for the family when it's time to clean it all out. Especially when most of it just ends up being landfill.
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Sometimes thats exactly what it is. People have gone without and so nothing should ever go to waste.

But those stories from Hoarders is frightening. It has to go way way beyond deprivation of neccessities
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I've been trying to go through all my stuff I've collected over the years that I have not used for a long time and selling it or giving it to the school.
I just get so much stuff given to me when people are moving, died, what ever.
I go to the dump the other day and someone had thrown away whole boxs of perfectly good tools. Wrenchs, sockets, rachets so here we go again.
I'm pretty sure I do not need at least 5 of every socket made, two generators, 4, come alongs, 10 claw hammers, 8 hand saws, ect. lol
But no used air or oil filters at least.
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I was given a job once. It was in the early days as I was an apprentice at the time.
The superintendent of the housing project we were working on was cool and we were friends. He asked me if I would do a side job for him on the weekend.
He had a borrowed storage shed he was using, the shed was a small building and sitting on blocks, the owner sold it and the stuff just needed to be gone.
I was told to haul it to the dump or keep what I wanted. He was paying me my hourly wage plus gas for the job.
He told me that he could not even remember what he had in there, been so long ago since he stored it.

So I show up on Saturday morning and have a key to the storage shed, My 1 ton truck with a lift gate.
I go inside and **** my pants. He used to own a cabinet shop, had just about every tool including 240 volt planers, drill press, table saw. Complete electric and gas welding setups. Was a set of gas victor gages and tips in an unopened package with a $175 price tag. porter cable routers and belt sanders. was just a whole pile of good stuff and never a trip to the dump.

I was actually kind of pissed .... what is this? A test!
I called him on the phone and called him a few names and asked him to come over.
I had it all sorted and organized by this time.

He showed up and said w0w! I forgot I had all this crap, would be silly to throw it away.
He also was a pilot and owned a antique airplane he flew every chance he got, and had a rented hangar for it. He went through and decided what he would keep, and I moved it there for him, I kept the rest.
Would have been so easy to just load it all up and haul it home. I just could not without him seeing it.
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That's pretty much how I got started in business.
two old people get put in the nursing home and all the relitives live out of town.
They showed up and where cleaning out a three car garage just filled with tools. They were loading it up and hauling it to the dump.
The old fella also had two trailers that they were going to sell for scrap.
I had to build a garage just to store the stuff.
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I honestly at this time think I would have done him a favor. simply making it all disappear.
Was 2 years later he got a divorce, was just crap that was included in the settlement, stuff he did not care about in the first place.
Next time, just tell me to pick it up and haul it to the dump.
I will not argue and call you names, I will haul it away.
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I have a friend thats a hoarder. Has an awesome 4 bay garage. So full of crap he has to work on cars out in the gravel driveway. Not much room for that since the lot is full of crappy cars he buys to fix up but never does.

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You can put cars in a garage? hmm.
Not mine.
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You can put cars in a garage? hmm.
Not mine.
Oh yes. I have my driver in there. I also have a project car in there. My beater truck is outside. Junk goes in the yardbarn.
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I can get my M/C in my garage...but not much else......but I've told my wife she has 30 days to get her **** out and up on the 2nd floor of the garage...I'm about to get into wood working mode and need the space.

I'm getting the impression that a lot of hoarders are people who had nothing as a kid and are trying to compensate.
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Park in the garage for the winter. Stick my nose out the door and raise the door by remote. Start the truck by remote. Let it warm up
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I'm one of the very few people in my neighborhood that park cars in the garage. Everybody else's are so packed full of junk, it is unreal.

Back when I was still looking for a house, I looked at one with a 2 car garage. We opened up one of the garage doors and all you could see was junk piled upon junk. Top to bottom, wall to wall. There was a door in the house, that led into the garage. You could not get the door open because of all of the crap in the garage blocking it. The realtor assured me that it would be cleaned out by the time the house sold. Without actually being able to see the condition of the garage, I naturally passed on the house.

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