Monday, February 27, 2012

free stuff!!

jambaloney here!

in october, we pitched in to install new windows and re-side the framboise firehall - it was quite an adventure and i learned how to put up the type of plastic siding we have @ framboise manor. it was a great 3 days and we all felt good about it. (in the pic below i am the guy in the blue t-shirt leaning on the truck in the foreground - waiting my turn on the scaffolding ;-)



the firetruck on the right has since been sent for scrap - it no longer worked and the community has raised quite a bit so far for a new one, we should have it by this spring/summer.

as we were working on the outside, we also cleaned up the inside of old equipment etc. i was able to score some pretty useful "junk" !! i am a big advocate of free stuff ESPECIALLY stuff that is going to be tossed out - one person's trash is someone else's treasure! NOBODY can deny the magnificence of the following haul:


here is about 50 feet of chain, chain is expensive, not this!!


here are some high quality pipe fittings:


oh, this is just a big roll of rubber firehose, only a hundred and one uses for that ;-)))


MORE firehose...rubber for irrigation projects and the cloth stuff to uses as strapping, lumber cradles, a canoe cradle down at the river... there are another 5 rolls of cloth hose under that tarp!!


this old gurney has 5" wheels and the highest quality aluminum frame.... kymber wants to suntan on it while i wheel her around but i think it will make a fine garden trolly!


these 4 cinder blocks are now keeping our new washer off the basement floor:


these are 2 10 foot sections of large diameter rubber fire-hose. i have to put in a 'quick and dirty' culvert under the back road this spring, these will be perfect!!!



this is an old stretcher which has some great brackets and hardwood rails on it for later use, and some rubber and asbestos gloves!!




these window casements are about 2 1/2 feet high and 5 feet wides, the glass is thick and they have screens.... i smell a green house!!



these windows didn't come from the fire-hall, i got them during last years large garbage pickup week... i'll find more this spring and will take the whole load, sand them, re-glaze as needed, paint them all white and start a second hand greenhouse!! can't wait!!


that's a pretty good amount of free stuff. you will see it re-appear in future posts as i put it all to good use this coming year!!

cheers all!!

35 comments:

  1. Something for free is always a win, and putting what could land up in landfill, to use, is even better. Well done :)

    Can't wait to see what you do with it all...

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    1. that's how i feel about it - win win all around!

      i have some nifty ideas up my sleeve - stay tuned!!

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    1. tnx mdr - i thought about your bathhouse when i got the hose, wish it were worth it to ship you a roll ;-)

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  3. Neat stuff, I'm a sucker for free stuff as well.

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    1. i have been a garbage picker since i was a kid, it's compulsive, eh?

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  4. Good Haul!...Our neighbor built a greenhouse out of scrap windows...It's awesome. He has an old wood stove on the outside that pipes the heat to the inside.

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    1. i am really looking forward to making the greenhouse - i'll steal the old woodstove idea - tnx!

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  5. I'd be as excited to score all of this loot as you clearly are :)

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  6. When I saw the title "Free Stuff"...I thought yall were having a give away!... : ) but what a good haul you guys got..I like the guerney, that is kind of cool.

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    1. sorry to disappoint ;-) i think the gurney is pretty cool myself!!

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  7. Hi Jambaloney,

    Looks like you hit the "Jackpot " here ! I can just imagine you pulling Kymber around on that gurney while she suntans ... that's too funny ! Garden trolly maybe, but I bet Kymber will get her wish at least once. You'll have to take a pic of that event for sure!

    Take Care ... Helga :)

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    1. there will definitely be a pic of me hauling kymber around on the gurney!

      cheers!

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    2. hey Helga hon...yer darn tootins he'll be pulling and pushing me around in that thing all summer - bahahahaha! xox

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  8. With that Gurney get an IV bag pole with an IV bag full of Ice Tea. Now that would be the icing on the cake!.

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    1. that would be pretty funny if i didn't think that i am now gonna have to set it up for kymber to tan with ;-))

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    2. mmasse - you always got my back - thanks buddy - bahahahaha! i love the IV full of ice tea idea - bahahaha!

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  9. Good haul, Bub. I'll admit it, I am jealous about that log chain. Been looking here for more. Ha! Egg Spensive!!!!

    Figure the visitors who come this summer, a piece of log chain, two padlocks, they are MINE!!! More work will get done!

    Tell the Mrs. I should have been telling snake stories since last November. I lay that on her and PP and HARK! we have a major winter storm coming in to dump PUL ENTY on us. Now I can smile a little bit.

    Winston

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    1. the chain is pretty wicked for certain - sounds like you wanna run your own chain gang ;-)

      i'll tell kymber you have plenty more snake stories. glad some snow is finally making it to you!!

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    2. Winston - i wish we had of known that all it would take would be a few snake stories - bahahahah! so glad to hear that you guys finally got some snow. keep smiling buddy, i am too!

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  10. I can't wait to see how you use everything! I saw your chain and my first thought was rain chain! (google if you haven't heard of it) The chain is probably too big for that though. And I vote for Kymber having a mobile sun tanning bed :-)

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    1. it will all be used. the chain is definitely too big for rain chain, more for logs and stuff.

      kymber will be delighted that you voted for her tanning bed!

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    1. thanks gorges, i knew you would get a kick out of it all..

      cheers!

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  12. Our town has a trash pickup week where people go around the week before and scavenge other people's piles. Usually any pile of mine is reduced to about a fifth of its beginning size by the time the trash truck picks it up. Mysteriously, my pile of miscellaneous stuff in the garage grows by about the same amount as I scavenge other people's piles!

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    1. you know ed?

      i found the EXACT same thing happens to me frequently ;-))

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  13. Man, you really scored BIG TIME! What a nice pile of "junk"! I'm drooling over that chain and those windows!

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    1. i really did scifi, the chains and windows are the bomb!!

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  14. OMG Jamie - you are SO our son.

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  15. I salvage recyclable stuff too. Makes very good sense. Windows I have too, thinking of a greenhouse; so I'll happily wait your building one. Only problem I have is no helper for this old lady to make dreams come true. I'll figure out some solution.

    You really made a good haul! That hose would have cost a fortune, no doubt.

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    1. it really does make sense, salvaging is an awesome thing to do.

      i wish i was there to give you a hand, i hope you can get some help!!

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