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January 23rd

Can’t afford to buy stuff? Check the trash!

Posted by // January 23, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

Boats and Gear

People just love to complain er, talk about how expensive it is to own a boat. Well, that’s why I’m here, y’know, with the practical tips. Here’s one:
Can’t afford to buy stuff? Try re-using other people’s trash.

Really, you will be surprised what you find. I make it a regular practice to rummage through the dumpster at my marina. My latest score includes, among other things:

Tools (All working):

Bosch jigsaw
Black and Decker hand sander
Cheap Chicago Tools Router
Pneumatic Brad Nailer (the exception – not yet tested)
Hammer
Hex drivers
Safety glasses

Parts:
Batteries, AA and 9V (tested- 1.6V, brand new!)
New in box door clasp
Nice Organiser Box w/ el;ectric doo-dads
Zip-ties
Vinyl Lettering (unused)
PTFE Tape

Other:
Five fishing lures
Scrabble (missing 2 E’s and an O, box a little beat up)
Pyrex Cup
New trashbin

Check out that crazy frog lure!

 This isn’t my first big haul, either, although it is the first time I’ve found working power tools. I wonder if every marina is like this? I just don’t get how people can throw this stuff away. Ok, maybe they just don’t need it anymore and don’t want to deal with those dirty cretin Craigslist users. This stuff could have belonged to a luddite, or someone suffering from crippling social anxiety. Selling stuff to strangers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, and not everyone needs the money. I get that. But does it not occur to these people that if they just put it next to the trash someone would use it instead of letting it go to waste? Throwing away something perfectly functional, even brand new I just can’t comprehend.

Good thing there’s folks like me to dig in the dumpster, I guess.

This article was syndicated from Safe At Harbour But Meant For The Sea: DIY Sailing with Paul Calder

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