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Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Tips and ideas on how to make the most of what we have....or what others have thrown away.

Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby kymber » Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:42 pm

oh doucmpuppiespn...i am sooo jealous! but great for you friend!!!
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby RatMan » Sun May 30, 2010 6:33 pm

Man,oh man! If I could just get my wife to see this thread! She gets on to me because I'm such a packrat. I can't throw anything away.

I've been kicking around ideas of making solar heaters out of scrap/salvaged items.
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby Vina8 » Sun May 30, 2010 7:27 pm

RatMan wrote:Man,oh man! If I could just get my wife to see this thread! She gets on to me because I'm such a packrat. I can't throw anything away.

I've been kicking around ideas of making solar heaters out of scrap/salvaged items.


LOL, RatMan! You probably are a packrat! My husband is, too. But now he has the excuse, "It could be useful someday when TSHTF."
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby RatMan » Mon May 31, 2010 7:39 am

Vina8 wrote:
RatMan wrote:Man,oh man! If I could just get my wife to see this thread! She gets on to me because I'm such a packrat. I can't throw anything away.

I've been kicking around ideas of making solar heaters out of scrap/salvaged items.


LOL, RatMan! You probably are a packrat! My husband is, too. But now he has the excuse, "It could be useful someday when TSHTF."


My excuse was always, " ya just never know when ya need this"
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby Someguy » Mon May 31, 2010 8:32 am

One thing I do really isn't salvaged, because it never makes it to the trash. I keep the two liter soda bottles, fill them with water and put them in the freezer to fill in extra space. The freezer doesn't work as hard when it's full. In the event of a power failure, I don't have to run my generator as much to keep refer and freezer cool. In the event of a water issue, i just thaw out a bottle of ice. I treat all the water bottles with a bleach and water rinse and then fill.

I do have a salvage project. I picked up a stainless steel gas grill off the side of the road. I figured I could use the plumbing parts for spare. Then it occurred to me to use it to make a solar oven. I've planned it out in my head and maybe today, I'll get some something on paper. If anyone is interested, I'll take photos during the process and report my findings after it's complete. I do need an idea on insulation, though. I'm thinking of maybe insulating the outside of the grill to keep the potential of harmful gases from the inside of the oven.
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby ReadyMom » Mon May 31, 2010 8:45 am

Someguy wrote:-snip-
I do have a salvage project. I picked up a stainless steel gas grill off the side of the road. I figured I could use the plumbing parts for spare. Then it occurred to me to use it to make a solar oven. I've planned it out in my head and maybe today, I'll get some something on paper. If anyone is interested, I'll take photos during the process and report my findings after it's complete. I do need an idea on insulation, though. I'm thinking of maybe insulating the outside of the grill to keep the potential of harmful gases from the inside of the oven.



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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby blue fox » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:48 pm

I have made bookcases and such out of salvaged lumber from home building sites. For those with chicken tractors, try checking with your local outdoor advertising company and see if they will let you have their old viynl (sp) signs from the billboards as tarps for the coops. This is not my idea originally I saw it in Mother Earth News
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby blue fox » Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:52 pm

Someguy wrote:One thing I do really isn't salvaged, because it never makes it to the trash. I keep the two liter soda bottles, fill them with water and put them in the freezer to fill in extra space. The freezer doesn't work as hard when it's full. In the event of a power failure, I don't have to run my generator as much to keep refer and freezer cool. In the event of a water issue, i just thaw out a bottle of ice. I treat all the water bottles with a bleach and water rinse and then fill.

I do have a salvage project. I picked up a stainless steel gas grill off the side of the road. I figured I could use the plumbing parts for spare. Then it occurred to me to use it to make a solar oven. I've planned it out in my head and maybe today, I'll get some something on paper. If anyone is interested, I'll take photos during the process and report my findings after it's complete. I do need an idea on insulation, though. I'm thinking of maybe insulating the outside of the grill to keep the potential of harmful gases from the inside of the oven.

Might try styrofoam covered in foil.
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby Slaw901 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:30 am

I'm currently nearly done with a goat shelter and a new chicken coop from mostly scrounged lumber and such. I have had to buy some but so far I've spent 35$ for both not counting nails. :thumbsup:
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby David » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:40 pm

Maybe I put this on the wrong thread first but here it is. Fits here too.

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A big simple robust brick outhouse of a boat from local lumberyard, Home Depot, lowes, Habitat for Humanity, stuff salvaged, scrounged, found and carved out of a tree or two, all from plans in a library book. More info and pictures on the link.

Almost done, weather permitting, please permit.
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby gracebowen » Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:46 am

One thing I would really like to get around to is a passive solar heater. I googled it and found out how to do it but have not done it yet.
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby arkieready » Sun Mar 03, 2013 7:16 am

Long time ago, we built a passive solar water pre-heater. A set of discarded paio doors, 2 discarded water heater tanks. I had a gas water heater in my mobile, so instead of 30 gal of hot, I had 2 x40 + 30. We used bought plywood, paint, and insulation. Never froze, never leaked.
I built a solar cooker with scrounged material, an insulated cardboard box "house" for cats. My doghouse is scrap lumber. Our barn is all used metal. I bought a pallet of leftover stock/damaged/parts missing doors. Stray projects. Old style lp tank + New valves became an airtank. Old lumber cover make good tarps.
When the stock tank bottom rotted out, I put the split barrel waterer inside along with the salt block. To keep the horses from dumping them over.
I saved the glass from a broken storm door for building a heat catcher. I will have to collect pop cans for it & buy plywood,
An oil lamp from an empty beer bottle with cotton rope for a wick, and tinfoil for a stopper.
I'd much rather struggle with junque than buy new ready made.
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby IceFire » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:02 pm

I'm taking the old metal stakesand old "critter" wire that used to be around the garden (had them there to keep the dogs out, but they just jumped over it) and making a 3-bin composter.
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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby PeachOnEarth » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:16 pm

Hubby made my herb garden out of plastic window frames gotten out of the dumpster... they will never rust nor rot!... the herbs have grown in since last year... I should retake the pic this summer to show it... since it has matured a lot.

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Re: Stuff you've made/gonna make from salvaged materials

Postby UncleJoe » Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:17 am

I got all the material, except the screws, for this little goat hut from a dumpster. It was in the yard of a home being remodeled.
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