Discard Big Items?

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    Whoa, somebody is rich!
     
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    This reminds me of our old tv set which was 25 inches semi-flat. When it broke down, we called the technician for a diagnosis and the cost estimate did not sit well with our pocket so we decided to buy a 40-inch Samsung flat tv which my husband was able to carry alone (for just a few feet though). Now comes the tricky part, how to remove the old semi flat so the new one can be placed on the tv cart. It was too heavy and we had to call 2 more people to help us carry that old tv.

    The above did not happen long ago. It was just last year.
     
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    A monster shredder? Wow, that is interesting, I would put that in the category of who knew? I am sure whatever can be re used is though. I wonder if the old dryer I just had hauled out of here will end up in a monster shredder? Good bye oldl dryer...you served me well!! I wonder how many of those shredders are around?
     
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    It must take an amazing amount of power to drive the thing, especially when it is tearing up metal, or huge tires. I tried once to cut a tire in two; it was practically impossible. Puncture, yes, but cut, no.
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    @Frank Sanoica, what did you use? I would think a chainsaw would have done the job on the tire.
     
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    I had to get rid of an oven and clothes dryer. I set them at the edge of the property line and called Refuse Department to make an appointment for these items to be taken away. The night they were set out, someone had already picked them up to take to the scrap metal place. Anything metal is gone around here.:)
     
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    That is exactly what happens here, too, @Marilyn Pahl . The appliances are always picked up right away. Even furniture that is left out is often picked up by someone who needs it, providing the weather is good, and the furniture is still usable. We have also put an ad on Craigslist on the free section when we had something we didn't want or need, and it is usually picked up right away.
    That is what we did when we got the larger swimming pool this summer, and wanted to find someone that could use the old one. It was still usable, just a smaller size, and we had all kinds of people wanting to come and get it out of the yard.
     
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    I can't say I wondered what happened to items after they were not longer of use to us. I assumed the metal all got compacted like we do with cars and then would be recycled again somehow. It was really neat to watch the shredder in action. I can think of some things I would like to shred around here!!:):)
     
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    @Von Jones
    A chain saw might indeed hack up a tire, so long as it did not contain steel cord. The steel used thusly is high-tensile strength (therefore high hardness) material. However, back in my tire-cutting days, tires were not constructed yet using steel. I tried a hacksaw, sharp knives, and such, with no success. A most messy way of destroying tires is to burn them. Once ignited, they burn ferociously, melting at the same time into puddles of extremely hot, fiery masses. The smoke produced is horrible, dense, black, and poisonous.

    When we lived outside Phoenix, a guy along the Salt River, who had stored tens of thousands of worn-out tires on his property, made big news when they caught fire. The smoke was visible from Space! No amount of fire-fighters' attempts to extinguish them worked. The environmental disaster continued at least a week. Here are some scenes of a similar fire which occurred in the same area:

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    Oh, dear ! ! That fire picture of burning tires remends me of a story of my own, folks. It happened back when my kids were little tykes.
    Robin was probably about 3 , and Mike was 5, and they were outside playing in the yard. I was inside cleaning the house, and I could see them outside running and playing when I looked out through the side window. They would go and get a little pail of water from the horse trough, run across the yard, and pretty soon, back they would come for another little pail.
    It wasn't long before they came running into the house to tell me that "someone" started a fire out in the barn/shed out by the back of the house.
    I ran outside to look, and what I saw was that the whole thing was blazing, and getting worse by the second.

    I called the fire deptartment; but we lived out of town a mile or so, and it took them a while to get there. By that time, it was an inferno, belching out horrible black smoke ! !
    Not only was our winter hay in there (which burned hot and fast); but all of my husband's extra tires for the truck and car were in there.
    The fire department was not able to put it out, of course, but they did manage to keep the fire from also burning down the house where we lived, and the trees next to the house.
    Eventually, the kids admitted that Mike had been playing with matches (which he was NOT supposed to even have), and they started a fire and then tried hard to put it out. That was when I realized how close they could have come to being trapped inside the burning building, and not made it back out again. I said a LOT of thank you prayers to God that night for keeping my kids safe, for sure .
    Naturally, we didn't take any pictures of that fire (way too upset to even think of that); but here is the little cabin where we lived at the time, and you can see how close to the house the trees were.
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    Here's a story about Hurricane Ike. We just had the anniversary, and so I've been seeing a lot of pictures posted. I have some, but am not sure where they are. There was a 'graveyard' down the street, a huge field filled with appliances ruined by the storm. I often wondered what was done with them, whether any parts were salvageable. The road in the link is Hwy 146 (the one between here and where @Ina I. Wonder will be living), and that's the section between here and Kemah, Texas.
     
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