Monday, December 23, 2013

Free Running Tractor

Hello - Thought a few of you might be interested in my recent acquisitions. One non-running free tractor plus one non-running free snowblower equals one great running tractor and spare parts for my good snowblower. Read more at my Tools for Survival Blog.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Billions to be Scrapped in Afghanistan

Now this is a killer for anyone into recycling, reuse and scrap metals. Talk about no control over our tax dollars, no fiscal responsibility.

We (the U.S. Government - that's supposed to be US) spent about $1 million each for MRAP vehicles - built to withstand mines and roadside bombings. Now 2,000 of these will be sold to SCRAP dealers in Afghanistan. You can read more about this here.

Well - at least the metals will be recovered. I'm reminded of the end of Viet Nam when untold numbers of helicopters and other equipment was just dumped into the sea.

Does any of this make sense to anyone?

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sneak Preview of Innovative New Recycling Ideas

The Recycling Innovators Forum has posted previews of the ideas created by 9 finalists competitors. Check it out at

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Free Scrap Metal, Working Wood Stoves & Parts, Lumber & Firewood

Hello - This may be a no-brainer for some, but I thought I'd mention it - sometimes the obvious becomes obliterated somehow ;)

I go to town about every 10 days for groceries and supplies. I always stop by the local woodstove dealer. They're very happy to have me come by and clear out the "debris" from their new woodstove intallations.

Almost every time I stop I can fill my truck cab high with good pallets for storing, sorting and shipping scrap; lumber from crates for building things and firewood; lots of light and heavy iron and other metals; and working woodstoves. Here are a couple that I've found recently - look pretty good after cleaning up a bit.

Also noticed a woodstove laying on its back in a yard with weeds growing out of it. I took a closer look and realized it was about a 10 year old Lopi woodstove. New they're about $1,900. So I went to the front door and asked about the woodstove. Person who answered said a friend dropped it off thinking she'd want to heat with wood. She didn't so there it sat. It was too heavy for her to lift. She was VERY happy to have me haul it away.

It cost $10 for a new door seal and $5 for some paint. Glass in door, hinges, legs and all were solid. This is the second winter that it has been heating my home. If I sold it, I could get around $800 for it. The woodstove in the first photo I have listed on Craigslist for $185. The second one, the Schrader, just sold to a rancher for $375.

Give it a try! You'll never know unless you ask :)


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

$34 Billion in Used Cell Phones Just Waiting to be Sold, Traded In or Recycled

What an opportunity. According to Resource Recycling there are $34 billion in used cell phones sitting in drawers, boxes, possibly thrown out with the garbage, etc.

This $34 billion is based on the trade-in value so the value as electronic scrap may be less, but still there is a lot of money out there.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Recovering Gold, Silver, Platinum and Palladium - A Free Resource

Hi All - Sorry I haven't been posting lately. I've been a bit (well, really a lot) under the weather, but I'm beginning to recover and get back up to speed.

I wanted to tell you about a resource I've found for those interested in refining precious metals themselves. I don't recommend doing the recovery and refining yourself unless you have a fully equipped lab and all the right safety equipment and technical knowledge to protect yourself, your family and the environment. It can be VERY dangerous!

Nonetheless, there are still a lot of folks who are curious about the process. I've found a fairly comprehensive and free resource for you that includes recovering gold, silver, platinum and palladium from CPUs, dental scrap, gold filled scrap, catalytic converters and more.


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