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Old 11-05-2019, 03:28 PM   #31
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Is auto salvage pertinent to this topic? For some older car parts there might be no new materials available, and used OEM parts are sometimes better anyway. I've been trying to get the factory driver's floor mat for my old, gifted Celica and the best I could find was this one. So I cut a section from a generic rubber floor mat and stitched it to the problem area. The other carpeting is tan so I don't mind the brown thread that came with the stitching awl.
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Is auto salvage pertinent to this topic? For some older car parts there might be no new materials available, and used OEM parts are sometimes better anyway. I've been trying to get the factory driver's floor mat for my old, gifted Celica and the best I could find was this one. So I cut a section from a generic rubber floor mat and stitched it to the problem area. The other carpeting is tan so I don't mind the brown thread that came with the stitching awl.
Did you shop J.C. Whitney catalog?

They have many mats and other things for most all older cars.

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Did you shop J.C. Whitney catalog?

They have many mats and other things for most all older cars.

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I mostly use RockAuto if I can't find a suitable salvage part - but they don't have everything, either. Exploring J.C. Whitney for the first time since 1993 now!
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With that ingenuity and talent he doesn't need J.C Whitney. All he needs is to look around that stuff he saved or in this case the salvage saved.
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I knew I saved that old used wire for something.
I made an older brother a copper bracelet a couple years or 4 ago, and a couple months ago he had a procedure in a hospital but forgot to take it off. So, hospital personal removed it ( standard procedure ) and it's never been seen since. Sure hope whom ever is proud of themselves.

Anyway I got busy early this morning and made a couple. His great grand daughter has wanted one ever since she saw his first one. They be mostly completed with the exception of a little fine tuning.
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Reuse and avoidance of waste, is both important and worthwhile to both the individual and to society (and the world) in general.

I think one of the greatest inventions in this regard is Craigs List. It is a convenient easy and no costly method of improving re-use.

(On the other end of the spectrum are companies that design their products to be unfixable (likely cause being either lack of concern or intentional planned obsolescense).

Some countries in Europe are mandating consumer products makers put certain warranties (backed up by service capability) and provide replaceable designs and parts supply such that their products can be repaired.

A throw away society serves no one's long term benefit.
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I often keep a lot of things that others seem to be "junk", hahaha. Then, these things helped me solve many small problems in my life. You never think of when a colorful button that was previously saved will re-present itself somewhere.
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I knew I saved that old used wire for something.
I made an older brother a copper bracelet a couple years or 4 ago, and a couple months ago he had a procedure in a hospital but forgot to take it off. So, hospital personal removed it ( standard procedure ) and it's never been seen since. Sure hope whom ever is proud of themselves.

Anyway I got busy early this morning and made a couple. His great grand daughter has wanted one ever since she saw his first one. They be mostly completed with the exception of a little fine tuning.
That's great.

I found a 4' long 4" diameter phone cable, tossed to the ditch a few years ago.

They were re-routing the buried utilities in the "big city", and had this extra left over, it lay there a couple of weeks after the work was finished, so I figured that it was up for grabs.

So I did.

It has probably a thousand different colored wires in it, I have it just lying around at this time.


I also have a large barrel full of cutoffs like you used for that bracelet.

A good use for them.


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I'd welcome some wire that has been stripped of insulation. This I have is old and the insulation is hardened and challenging.
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I'd welcome some wire that has been stripped of insulation. This I have is old and the insulation is hardened and challenging.
What you do is,

Run that old insulation through a low flame, heat gun, or other source of heat, to soften it, then you strip 1" off the end, poke it through a V groove in a piece of steel flat bar, with a hold down clamp, to keep the wire in the groove.

Grab the end of the wire with "vise grips", and slowly pull as much as you need stripped out of the unit.

If you keep the insulation soft, as you pull, you can pull 10+ feet at a time.

You must stop to clean up the discard sometimes, it gets in the way, but this is faster than the old sharp knife way.


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When I remodeled my kitchen I was adding all new cabinets. I posted a listing on Craiglist with pictures of my old cabinets and had the "demo" done so that the cabinets were largely intact. Someone picked them up and put them in an apartment he was remodeling and so he got free cabinets and nothing went to the landfill.

Cannot do this with glass as it becomes brittle with age and breaks more readily.

In reality the only material that is truly recyclable is metal. Glass is too heavy and too expensive to ship to be melted and reused and plastics do not become new plastic bottles or containers but end up in a landfill somewhere.
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If your favorite or only Rubbermaid water pail/bucket plastic handle disintegrated from UV conditions or whatever it can be replaced with one that's at least more comfortable than the wire bail and it takes only a few minutes.

One length of 1/4" clear tubing you saved for something but didn't know for what at the time. One length of 3/8" clear tubing you saved for something but didn't know for what at the time.

Using a box knife or similar, make a spiral cut around the 1/4" tubing full length. Place that over the wire bail. Next make a spiral cut around the 3/8" tubing full length. Place that over the 1/4" tubing. There done and didn't even cut myself.


You may ask why the spiral cut rather than just split it straight. There is a reason.
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If your favorite or only Rubbermaid water pail/bucket plastic handle disintegrated from UV conditions or whatever it can be replaced with one that's at least more comfortable than the wire bail and it takes only a few minutes.

One length of 1/4" clear tubing you saved for something but didn't know for what at the time. One length of 3/8" clear tubing you saved for something but didn't know for what at the time.

Using a box knife or similar, make a spiral cut around the 1/4" tubing full length. Place that over the wire bail. Next make a spiral cut around the 3/8" tubing full length. Place that over the 1/4" tubing. There done and didn't even cut myself.


You may ask why the spiral cut rather than just split it straight. There is a reason.

I don't need to ask why the spiral cut, I know why.

I have did that using a 3/4 inch auto heater hose, saved for a "possible", at a later date.


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When we order takeout, I will often wash out and save the plastic containers.

As a result I have a nice variety of sizes from about 1-quart to small ones that were used for sauces.

They come in handy as storage containers (the ones with lids), glue trays, and for custom mixing small amounts of airbrushing paint.

Last year I gave my 10-year-old grandson who loves building things with wood a basic set of woodworking tools. To help him keep his interest, I will sometimes give him cutoffs which I had resawn and/or plane down to sizes suitable for small projects.
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Drachen:
This reminds me of my son that has the woodmizer sawmill. As can be expected there are lots of cut off's we or some would call scraps, excellent hardwood as stove or fireplace material.

Not at his residence. He has more girlfriends ( that's what his wife calls them ) lined up at the door to get those for crafts or painting or whatever they can see can be produced from those.
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