Saturday, May 19, 2012

free stuff - 03!


jambaloney here!

sorry if the free stuff is getting a little long in the tooth, but don't worry... large pickup is over until fall so this is the last collecting post... from here on... building with free stuff ;-)))

but back to collecting.... it`s really fun - like a treasure hunt (rob - i guess i AM a pirate ;-))

it's all about the windows - this was a load of windows from one trip - a really great assortment, thick panes and good casements - these are sliding windows, pretty big ones too!!




and I got this solid cedar door - go figure - still smells nice!!



 someone was throwing out the frame from a trampoline, a few of the tubes were rusted, but all the fasteners are there - i might use these to make plastic covers for the raised beds that we can toss on in fall... or something else - we'll see. regardless, uniform metal tubes are good to have - ;-))



someone else was throwing out a perfectly good plastic sink - hellooooo outdoor kitchen!!! there is also a small emply plastic toolkit case and a HEAVY cast base that i think was for a flagpole... it weighs about 50 lbs - i will use it as a base for a mammoth bird feeder or laundry pole - options options - great addition!!



a week later, i got this assortment of windows plus another solid wood door (with a window)



i also got this old wood chest - never pass up a storage oppourtunity!!!!





and finally, someone got tired of these old hand tools - saw, crimper, hammers, files - amazing what people will throw out - they just need a little tlc... if the power ever goes out for good, these will be the only tools we can use!!!




i hope you had fun garbage picking, now it is on to building with junk posts!!

cheers all!!!

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  1. Jam, Free stuff never does get old. I did our share of looking today and didn't find anything we needed. I did find a good garage sale today though. It's a shame our NS place is not closer to you, or I would buy that door with the half moon window on it ! Keep up all the digging, the building, making drainage and especially the seeking of the valuable "free stuff". Stuff is only useful, if it finds the place where it is being used, and you are doing just that.

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    1. jane - thanks for the encouragement;-)) i<ll keep it up until the fish are biting!

      i am sorry you didn`t have any luck on your trip - maybe next week ;-))

      i will set that door aside for you - you can pick it up when you come and visit!!

      cheers!

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    2. Oh Jam, that is so sweet. I am afraid as much as I like the door and would buy it from you, I have no way of getting it from Fourchu to Barrington Bay. Besides, I think the caretaker has hired a carpenter who will be working on the front door before we make our way there again this year. I noticed late last year that the framing around both the back door and front, which sit up and face the crashing sea, were getting powdery. I think the framing of the door frames needs to be replaced, and that we might need to replace at least one of the metal exterior doors. The salt spray eroded the knobs and locks and we changed those last year while we were there. It's amazing the damage the salty spray does there, but the view, like your own place, is worth any trouble we must go to. Love to you and to Kymber.

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    3. i will give it to you, but the distance is a bit much for a beat up old door ;-))

      salt is a menace to all things metal - and wood too to a lesser extent - i bought some boat paint called "fisherman's paint" for any exterior work here - the lobster fishermen swear by it... it should help you - home hardware carries it:

      http://www.homehardware.ca/en/cat/index.htm/Paint-D%C3%A9cor/Paint/FISHERMAN-S-PAINT/_/N-ntlnqZ1z141pw?Num=1

      love from us to you jane!

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    4. Thank you Jam ! I will definitely look into the paint.
      I spent a fortune last year on "Damp Rid". I placed a container behind chairs and couches on the wood floors, all through the house. It catches the dampness and everything is great when we turn up there again.

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    5. never heard of damp rid - sounds useful, like a big silica gel pack!!

      door is yours regardless!!

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  2. Hectic - the perfectly good stuff that people toss out! I have a feeling that perhaps, with all that glass, a greenhouse is in the offing? And that sink could make a perfect addition next to your bbq area / to wash the sand off your newly picked veggies / a bird bath or as a herb planter.

    I'd LOVE to mosaic up that wooden chest. And part of the sink too LOL

    And can imagine that if you get the trampoline up and running again, perhaps you and kymber could lie on it of an evening and stargaze... or use it as a jumping in board for your hot tub... LOL

    Lucky you - a great haul - but that's the (informal settlement) squatter in me coming out, or so RMan says :)

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    1. ohhhh a greenhouse has been the ultimate goal of all this window saving - we have a lot now - i have all the necessary materials to refurbish the windows and will definitely post on that project!!

      we have a spot picked out for an outdoor kitchen/wash area - the sink is perfect!!

      i will let you mosaic the chest if you wish, the trampoline lacks the actual trampoline and elastics - i COULD make a jumping board outta stuff laying around tho'...

      glad you like the haul - squatters always welcome ;-))

      cheers!

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  4. Hey Jambaloney - Nice haul again - that door is lovely ! It would look great as the entrance to that garden shed you have yet to build! Bahaha !!


    Enjoy your week-end my friend !

    Cheers - Helga

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    1. hey helga - thanks for updating the project list for kymber, like she needs help !!!!!???!!!

      you enjoy your weekend too friend - have a great may 24!!

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  5. Jambaloney,
    I love finding free stuff that you can refurbish and use. It's amazing what people discard. Making a greenhouse would be a fabulous idea with all of those windows. I would also consider using some of the windows to close over some of the garden beds, like a mini atrium. When I find tools, I'm in heaven. Especially tools that are all hand tools. Give Kymber a big hug from me and the two of you have a great weekend.
    P.S. don't work to hard!!!!
    Your Friend, Sandy

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    1. sandy:

      great minds think alike i guess ;-)) it really is a thrill to find stuff - especially tools - material is one thing, tools... treasure!!! i will use what the greenhouse needs and the rest will make great cold frame covers for the beds!

      i will pass on your hug and you have a fantastic weekend yourself!!

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  6. Great haul! It's good that you have eyes to see useful stuff where others see junk.

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    1. i figured you would enjoy the loot ;-))

      that ball peen hammer is a real treat - don't know what set of eyes thought it was junk!

      cheers and have a great weekend gorges!!

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  7. Wow, how awesome! Makes me want to go out driving around and see what loot I can find! Maybe I'm a pirate at heart too, LOL. Nice job, can't wait to see what it all becomes.

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    1. any city has great junk the pickup after moving day - may, june and sept are really good - students ;-))

      arr matey - stay tuned ;-))

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    1. i do too - it is a special day when someone "cleans out" their garage - thanks for stopping by!!

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    2. hey buddy - glad to see you still around! lots of love, eh?

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  9. Oh, man this is so me. I can't pass up an opportunity for things like this. I also can't seem to throw away "useful" things that I just know I would be able to use sometime in the future.

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    1. you aren't alone - i have bins and buckets of "stuff" for future projects, never mind the boneyard ;-))

      cheers - have a great weekend!

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  10. Jambaloney, you keep posting about your treasures. I love to find good stuff people are getting rid of. Heck, I go through my neighbor's burn piles before they light it and dig stuff out. I tell people to just call me "Catfish" I am such a scavenger. - Genevieve

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    1. catfish - never thought about that - i feel more like a raccoon, but i do like fishing ;-))

      you must be popular with your neighbors - lol!

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    2. Actually I am afraid I might drive them crazy. I am not sure really. At least they don't chase me off with a shotgun yet. lol - G

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    3. the shotgun might be a sign to move on - lol x 100!

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  11. YEA!!!! for free stuff!!! Excellent haul, Jambaloney - those windows would make a great greenhouse and use the doors for each end of it. I really like having the doors on each end of our greenhouse especially on those days that are roasting hot I can open them up to get some more air flow. And it comes in handy cause you won't have to enter only in on one side to get to whatever is in on the other end of it. :-)

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    1. i have 4-5 doors now for a greenhouse - a few are almost all glass and won't take long to fix them up.

      we have doors on each end of the plastic porch for that very reason - great minds think alike!!!

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  12. or maybe a greenhouse and half a dozen cold frames...piping to set up a fish trap...or range markers down the driveway (riighhttt)
    nice score!
    enjoy the weekend :-)

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    1. never thought about marking the driveway - a fish trap is a nifty idea, but the trout like flies - i could try and sell them to the lobster fishermen - lol!!

      thanks - enjoy your weekend too!!!!

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  13. Kids moving out down the road threw out a perfectly good wheelbarrow and several very nice pieces of cast iron. Of course the cast iron didn't look nice, it was all discolored and slightly rusted, but the quality was great. They simply didn't know how to cook in or take care of cast iron.

    Score!!!

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    1. i have yet to be so lucky - we want some cast iron - to easy to bring back to life - lucky you!!

      score indeed!!!

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  14. ARRRRRRRRRR a great haul my friend, a great haul indeed. Old Capt. Jack would be proud.

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    1. i was thinking of you - and yes, i had my bandana on - that was me burring me treasure!

      cheers buddy!

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  15. I love free stuff posts! Doors and windows? I see a greenhouse in the making! Or, making the porch tight without losing the ability to have lots of breezes. Then, you can use it like your greenhouse minus all the plastic you used last year.

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    1. the possibilities boggle the mind - but yes a greenhouse for certain! the plastic needs more muscle ;-))

      thanks for stopping by pp!

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    2. wow.. you are a gatherer of junk. SO AM I!! Though Our John is better.. Look at that fab door, i have piles of windows in the barn just waiting.. we have built almost everything from found items, I am impressed with your haul especially the wooden box, I love that.. thank you so much for dropping in and introducing yourself! I shall pop over and see what you do with all this glorious stuff! celi

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    3. celi - thanks for the kudos!!

      it was kymber who dropped by - but i have had a gander and you seem to have gone the same route as us!!

      reuse, reduce, recycle. - it IS fun ;-)

      thanks for stopping by, i promise to do SOMETHING with all this stuff!

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  16. All awesome finds...good job:)

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    1. thanks mm!!

      i will send you what i don`t use - ;-))

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  17. How crazy cool. I love these posts!!!

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    1. i am so glad you like these posts - ever gone treasure hunting yourself - it's fun!!

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    2. No, I have not, but I am going to. Totally inspired.

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    3. awesome - a couple of tips:

      - rich people throw out better stuff
      - teh garbage day after moving day ( 1st of each month) is good
      - april/may = spring cleaning
      - may and sept moving days are college students - lots of stuff

      cheers and good luck!!

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    4. Thanks for the tips. I will let you know what I find:)

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  18. .I had a free broken trampoline all lined up but did not get over to get it in time..I want the frame to pen in chickens if they are being bad..why don't you dudes have chickens..they are TOO easy and it seems as though you have the space!

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    1. ya snooze ya lose - when i was gathering all the tires i passed up 3 large satellite dishes - i wanted the brackets and u bolts for projects (those are criminally expensive) and the dishes for bird feeders and bird baths - gone!!

      we promised ourselves we would ace plants before we moved on to animals - chickens will be first!

      cheers pal!

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