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#1 posted 08-14-2012 09:08 PM

I fail to see anything wrong in trying to save a buck. After reading about others thriftyness, I might claim the title of the “Cheapest woodworker” in town. I used to work in a shipyard and every night, I would come home with pockets buldging full with nuts, bolts, washers, etc. Most of it was stainless steel because the magnetic sweepers wouldn’t pick them up. Workers would need a few bolts or nuts for the job and would be issued a lot more than they needed. Instead of returning leftovers to supply, they would just toss them and I would pick them up. I salvage scraps from dumpsters, unuseable for a job, but something I might find a use for. How many times have you seen a penny lying on the ground and didn’t bother to pick it up? Not me, a penny saved is a penny earned. To me, it’s a crime to see all the good stuff that ends up in the trash and landfills. After Katrina, there was so much good stuff tossed it could fill 20 Olympic size pools. I had a friend who was custodian for a local landfill; after Katrina, truck loads of perfectly good goods were dumped. My friend would contact me so I could take whatever I wanted. I even had a trailer truck load of brand new kitchen cabinets from Lowes or Home Depot diverted to my property. I still have much of it and use them from time to time as needed for different projects. During Katrina, an entire store’s contents would be declared total loss by the insurance company. Most went to the landfill, but some stuff, like tools and appliances would be taken by employees and others. Another friend was contracted to haul debris from the casinos destroyed by Katrina. He was able to salvage many cases of alcoholic beverages. He didn’t drink Scotch, so I got it. Can’t wait for the next big hurricane.

Like some others, I salvage screws and even nails, something I have done all my life. When I see the prices for fasteners, I know what I’m doing is a smart thing.

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