Junk yard finds

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    9BE9421D-632A-48F3-A8EE-DEA4F6D57FF1.jpeg needed some metal roofing for my portable chicken coop, and poverty being the mother of invention, I headed off to the local junkyard.
    Picked up 6 sheets 12’ long with 36” coverage for $50 bucks.
    Nice looking steel that had never been installed, for a lot less that store bought, the color doesn’t match but my chickens don’t care, and if any one complains I have a paint brush for them.
    There’s a lot of great deals at the local junkyard, money stays local and it’s good to reuse.
     
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    love a good junk yard
     
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    My chickens had a red and green roof on their house, from the dumpster!
     
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    my best find in a junk yard was a set of lugged steel wheels for a allis chalmers b tractor. Cost me a hundred bucks for the pair.
     
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    That was a great deal, dad collected Alice Chalmers tractors, had a steel wheel b he used at plow days.
     
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    I put those on my B, never a flat again lol.
     
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    Rough ride though, work great for planting taters, we got a lot of our tractor parts from the UP, spring to fall nothing but tractor shows.
     
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    this came from a junk yard, one piece at a time. Still runs and works.

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    A potential source for plywood. I worked at a lumber yard. They had a board saw and priced plywood down to a quarter sheet. Often a yard guy would get a radio call. To bring and cut a given size. The off cuts just kept piling up. A regular customer offered the boss $50 for it all. Done! He hauled away. No full sheets, but plenty of halves and quarters.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    That is a sweet ride, looks like it could pull stumps or skid logs.
     
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    Never hurts to make an offer, have gotten a lot of good deals that way.
     
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    Damaged drywall, usually corners. Bags of concrete with a tear and roofing shingles with smashed corners. Often got blown out cheap. They did custom orders for interior and exterior doors. They had a bunch that had been refused and marked down cheap as well. Those were popular with people doing sheds and such. Get the door them frame it in. Pallets got torn apart and tossed in a free firewood bin. Quite a few 3-4 ft chunks of 2x4 in that mix. Boxes of nails that broke open got dumped in a 5 gallon bucket. Had to beg folks to take those away. In short knowing a yard manager can save you buckets of cash!:dblthumb:
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Funny you should say that, my portable chicken production unit, the trailer was a junk pop up trailer that was free, scraped it out and kept the trailer part.
     
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    here's my 100 dollar wheels

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    Lot of life left in them, beyond expensive to buy a set, do you have steel on the front?
     
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    no steel on the front, wish I did
     
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    My grandpa own a junk yard.

    Grandma always said, " We have that junk yard to thank for everything we own. Not because grandpa made a lot of money, but because everything we own he found in somebody's old car."
     
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    Mom never appreciated dads tractor junk yard, why do you keep bringing them blankety blank tractors home etc...
    Then they had an auction, when the auctioneer told her how much they sold for I thought she was going to faint, dad took care of her in his own way.
     
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    Pretty cool. Thank you for sharing.
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    Better than factory, " Well, It's a '49, '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, '56', '57, '58' 59' automobile
    It's a '60, '61, '62, '63, '64, '65, '66, '67, '68, '69, '70 automobile."

    How heavy is the title?
     
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    My late ex-wife was always on my case about the "junk" I used to hang onto. Then one winter Sunday evening the furnace conked out. The motor that drives the blower had died. I went out to my garage, got another, and half an hour later we had heat again. :cool:
     
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    Here's my backyard bbq and pizza oven area. Everything is made from junk, rubble, or waste material. There's a table made from 2 old truck rims and a slab of flagstone. A stone bench, and a stone table, an old propane BBQ grill found as junk and now used as a wood grill a (hamburgers and steaks). The round topped thing is an horno, or wood fired adobe oven (pizza, bread, pies, stews, etc). It's made from broken, reject adobes from a house project. A piece of metal roofing material scrounged from the dump keeps the rain and snow from melting the adobe. The metal/wood park bench came from the dump, too. All the firewood is scrounged from close by, mostly mesquite.

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    Steel wheel in the singular....

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    Wow I’ve never seen one like it, till the garden and back massage.
     
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    It belongs to a friend of mine. These days they'd probably cancel your homeowners policy if you had something like this, LOL! Here's the other side...

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    165D72E6-43E7-4321-9670-78ED349149FB.jpeg Greenhouse I built from scrap steel pipe and 8” channel iron, it’s 20 by 24’
    I made it so it was portable, installed crossover cables and moved it with my tractor, later I covered it with roofing and use it for my tractor shed and smithy.
     
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    53DFA7CB-1606-4BF2-9FA4-9A6457326A9A.jpeg 16D80551-3E01-49F9-B887-B3B64EED0489.jpeg E45E635E-4589-43C6-86F0-03906EA98CFE.jpeg Finished up my chicken condo. Mostly from stuff I had laying around, low budget housing.
     
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    Antenna from scrap, base folds up for travel, tilts up and rotates for use with directional antennas, the white part is a nylon bearing, part of the top guy out. 7431B5F5-4A16-4721-A804-1B8730F565D2.jpeg E37D4A70-C5DA-4F78-A5D1-9656533F2CEA.jpeg
     
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    i miss junk yards arent many around me anymore......
     

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