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Our neighbors bought a new washer and dryer. They sat the old ones out by the curb. That weren't there 30 minutes! Same for me and the old mini split AC. Gone in a few minutes.

They are so quick, and silent....
I put one load and and by time I came back with the second load, 1/2 the first had already gone.....LOL

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I can confess to having picked up a few items at kerbside collection times, including a couple of desks for our church offices, great IKEA trestles and board for a table, some wood for firewood, and an office chair that just needed a $15 gas lift replacement (which has served us well for 2 years now).

Technically when you put it out the local council owns it, but it is well picked over before they get to it, and to be honest, why not?
It is good to encourage reduce/reuse/recycle for some things when they are still serviceable or easily repaired, don't you think?
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I drained the oil and found about a quart of gas mixed in. I also noticed that the gas valve was in the open position. So that leaves me with two possibilities. First, the gas drained because of the gas valve or second the float is sticking. I decided that before I started taking the carburetor apart I would replace the oil and see if I at least had spark. I put a little gas in and gave it a pull. To my surprise, it started on the first pull! I'll use it for a while and keep my eye on the oil/gas situation. All in all a pretty good day. A few years ago I found a rototiller and a gas edger. As I was loading it into the car the owner came out and asked if I wanted the manuals that went with them and an extra blade for the edger.
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Sounds like a far better neighborhood than mine.......Our trash really needs to be disposed of.
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I drained the oil and found about a quart of gas mixed in. I also noticed that the gas valve was in the open position. So that leaves me with two possibilities. First, the gas drained because of the gas valve or second the float is sticking. I decided that before I started taking the carburetor apart I would replace the oil and see if I at least had spark. I put a little gas in and gave it a pull. To my surprise, it started on the first pull! I'll use it for a while and keep my eye on the oil/gas situation. All in all a pretty good day. A few years ago I found a rototiller and a gas edger. As I was loading it into the car the owner came out and asked if I wanted the manuals that went with them and an extra blade for the edger.
That is awesome!! For the first 40 years of my life I never bought a lawn mower. I picked every one I had up in the trash. I was raised on a dairy farm and learned how to fix things at a young age. I took them home changed the sheared flywheel key sharpened the blades put in oil and gas and mowed till they wore out. I also sold a few along the way. To much good stuff goes to the land fill. I save all of my scrap metal and take it to a local recycler I give the money to my grand kids to buy school clothes.
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Hat's off to you Roxanne! You're amazing!!
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Recently replaced the toilets and tanks and but the old ones out front. It took a few days, but voila, gone. Getting to be time to have a yard sale. They go over big time. We also have a local facebook "for sale" group which is where I listed my old Delta band saw and Makita planer. Got good prices for them but it took a little while to sell.

I have some computer stuff, a digital projector, monitors and a few other items I should list. Digging around I'm sure I can find a few choice items to list.

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Years ago I built two barrel chairs. I wanted to put them on a swivel base. Going to work one day I saw a chair in front of this house by their mailbox. Decided I would stop after work. Got to work, but decided it may be gone if I wait. I went back and asked the owner if I could have it. He said yes and I harvested the base and trashed the chair. I am still using the chairs today. Trash is definitely my treasure.

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Several years ago, I helped my brother-in-law remodel the bathroom in his house which was built in the early 50s. We set the old toilet at the curb- gone within 30 minutes. Plumbers like the old toilets that actually flush things. Low water volume sometimes takes two flushes. Heard the story of a plumbing wholesaler who discovered a cache of old toilets in the warehouse. Plumbers would buy them at a premium price. Install the new low volume toilet and replace it with a new old model after final inspection. Take the new toilet, install it again, ad infinitum.

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