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Old 31st Oct 2020, 10:17 pm   #101
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ref #7 - it's a case of who you know at local tip . My light box . When I made it I couldn't find tube holders at a reasonable price. Quick word with my mate and I got a stack, complete with starter holders.
Word of caution on "diving" into skips and bins. In some places/areas, this is a "convenient " delivery point for other deliveries.
Rec#87 -gas cylinder. No need to worry if it's safe. Exchange it for a refill.
As for leaving stuff out for the scrap folks. Please do not encourage them as the more unscrupulous ones see any metal in gardens as fair game. Got gates on your drive. You take them off ,turn your back and gates go straight into the back of their wagon. Old fridge freezer- placed out for them to take away. Not any more .The will up lift it , remove the copper and dump it on the street. Who pays for removal - you ,via council tax as LA have to remove the carcase. ( admin- apologies for rant, but we NHW folks are trying to make folk see sense).
And it makes sense to weigh it in yourself at local scrappie. I always do it with old batteries ,be it mobility scooter or car. e.g. pair of 12v 15Ah batteries -cost circa 50 / replacement car battery, circa 65 - average scrap value circa 6-10 .
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 10:46 pm   #102
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Round here the charity-shops/operations run-away-screaming if you suggest they 'come-over and maybe collect' 70s/80s/90s G-Plan |Waring&Gillow or Ercol woodies.
I don't know about the others, but Ercol stuff is generally very saleable.

My parents downsized a few years ago and so had a couple of tatty Ercol armchairs going spare which they were going to dump. The webbing was knackered and the cushions tired. On eBay, I got 170 the pair and the collector was delighted with them. Not bad seeing as they'd come from the local charity shop originally.

Similarly, a c.1980 Ercol 2-seater sofa, also a charity shop find, though in very good condition, became surplus to requirements when we had the kitchen door moved, and got me 360 (much to my wife's astonishment!).
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Old 1st Nov 2020, 1:19 am   #103
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In some of the more 'fashionable' antique shops they are selling G plan sideboards at the upper hundreds of euros, and the armchairs well into the hundreds also.
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Old 1st Nov 2020, 1:29 am   #104
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Two posts entirely about furniture in succession?
Consider this a moderately strong nudge towards the radio and TV department.

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Old 1st Nov 2020, 9:40 am   #105
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Sorry David.
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Old 14th Nov 2020, 7:48 pm   #106
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An Ultra Lynx console ! all complete bar speaker...some years ago when victorian buildings being renovated in central Mcr, since transferred to a member in Rugby
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Old 22nd Nov 2020, 10:00 am   #107
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Love skips but not very common here - my best score was 2 fishing rods complete with reels, a door, a saw table (uses a circular saw), 6 pieces of corrugated iron and a Phillips K9 colour TV that worked. All from the one skip.
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Old 23rd Nov 2020, 12:48 am   #108
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Most of my electrical skip acquisitions have been from the skips at the various Plessey and Marconi sites I used to work at. The exception is a twin 5' fluorescent fitting that has now been providing the main illumination in my loft for more than three decades.

Useful hint about the scrap value of lead batteries: our electric bikes use three 12V 12Ah SLA batteries each. I have been simply taking the old ones to the local authority dump, and do have some old ones to dispose of at the moment, so may try the local scrap merchant instead: he's closer than the dump anyway.
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Old 23rd Nov 2020, 10:13 am   #109
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At a local customer where I visited frequently, an electrical wholesaler van arrived to deliver a new replacement twin tube 8ft fitting complete with diffuser. He was given the (unused, boxed) one it was replacing and he then asked if he could put that in their skip just outside the door, which he then did.
After he had gone, I asked my customer if I could have it. Yes, was the reply. So, I obtained a brand new, boxed and working fitting.
Why was it dumped you may ask?
There was a tiny amount of damage to the box resulting in very small dents in the steel casing of the fitting. This was not acceptable to the customer. It was to me though!
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Yesterday while out walking with my wife, walked past 4 skips, had a quick look and absolutely nothing of interest, I am still surprised / even amazed at what people come across.

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You do have to strike lucky with roadside skips. The good ones are company skips, out of bounds to us retirees!
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Today - two bits of bright mild steel slab, wood for about one night's heat, some straw for the primary school Christmas stable, and some 'interesting bits of wire' with banana plugs on the end

Most recent electrical find - a string of 20 240v weatherproof festoon light fittings, British made, apparently sells for about 100 quid, and apparently new. People are very strange.

(But David - sometimes yes it's just soil and broken bricks!)
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