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repurposing ideas?

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Geo-TH,In

11-08-2019 06:36:03




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I have things to do, but I'm waiting on it to warm up.
Here are a few of my repurposing ideas:
orphan socks: I put ratchet straps in them. Use them protect safety glasses from getting scratched up. I zip tie sock to tractor in a safe place. Always nice to have safety glasses in truck, next to grinder. Old tooth brush goes to workshop or barn along with old baking soda from refrig. Works great to remove oxidized battery terminals.
Coffee cans, I buy screws in 5# boxes. Coffee cans work great to store them in to keep stink bugs out.
Large Coffee can is next to sink. All food scraps goes in can, then to compost pile. Nice not to have wet stinky food in trash bag that might leak. Plastic bags blankets come it. Store funnels in to keep them clean. Also grate place to store sandpaper and sanders, keep stink bugs out.
Quart oil bottles. Cut the tops off and use them to organize tools in truck's tool box. Cut the bottom out of bottle off and use it as a funnel when changing oil.
Dress clothes, become work clothes, then rags.
Most of the things I build from scrap metal, wood, or anything I can find.
My 4640# lawn roller was made from a 500 gallon fuel tank, mobile home frame, spindles from a Mazda, rebar and concrete.
V-shaped leveler, mobile home I beam. Tree trimmer(death machine), snapper mower deck, 5 hp briggs off junk tiller, wood and metal. Snow pusher for Farmall. Pro-type was built from wood, bolts, 4 inch sewer pipe. It's works so well never made it out of metal. Just a few of my repurposing ideas. So please share your repurposing ideas. Always looking for new ideas.

Sunny and 21. Time to get out of recliner and invent something to do.

geo.

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Thomasthetankengine

11-09-2019 15:51:05




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Our town no longer uses these recycle buckets. This one is now a laundry basket. Also gets used as a bushel basket picking squash in the garden. All made from recycled plastic



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Wheat47

11-08-2019 20:10:38




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Not exactly re-purposing, but this is my idea.
I'm in the process of building several miniature stationary
steam engines or mini pumps or machines for the engines to run.
So to keep the various parts with the machine where they belong,
I went to Wally World and bought a few clear plastic shoe boxes.
Each machine has a box. Along with the parts, I put a photocopy of the plans for that machine in the box too. That way when I pick up
one of them to work on, everything is (supposed to be) there.

As I do the model building, I have a number of small diameter brass and steel rods and tubing.
On one wall, I mounted some small "L" brackets, about 5 inches long. I cut some
plastic rain gutter into 3-4 ft. lengths and set them on "L" brackets. One holds the
steel tubing, one the brass tubing, one the steel rods, and one the brass rods. When I need one of those items, I set the "gutter" on the work bench, dig out what I need, then put the gutter back on its brackets. Helps keep things a little neater.

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Geo-TH,In

11-09-2019 05:27:17




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Wheat47, 11-08-2019 20:10:38  
Close enough to repurposing. Red/green was my favorite show. Perhaps I should start RED/GREEN posts where we can share Ideas.



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Wheat47

11-09-2019 17:53:28




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-09-2019 05:27:17  
Sure!! Why not????



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gears

11-08-2019 19:17:19




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
I cut a panel out of the face of oil quarts to use as parts bins, restack in the case boxes for little 12 drawer parts cabinets.



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IaLeo

11-08-2019 19:00:38




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Stapled two empty softner-salt bags with molded plastic handles

bottom to bottom both onto a piece of lath...many staples..works like a sling to carry several pieces of firewood without hugging them to your chest.
Lamp extension cords folded and jammed into an empty paper towel tube.....

Leo



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gtractorfan

11-08-2019 15:03:39




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Years ago when I was a destructive tyke my dad gave me a plastic dozer like this one and made a blade for it. Recently I was at a farm toy show and this exact duplicate followed me home. I decided to make a blade, been working on it the last couple days (not done) using scrap. The "arms" are made from this can, the blade is scrap aluminum. It will stay parked on a shelf.

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Jeffcat

11-08-2019 15:27:04




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to gtractorfan, 11-08-2019 15:03:39  
You do know there was an Electric version of that around the mid 50s. You had to plug it into the WALL Outlet! Also very high cost.



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Wheat47

11-08-2019 19:33:13




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Jeffcat, 11-08-2019 15:27:04  
I still have the electric IH crawler my folks got me.
It's had a few electrical repairs, but it still runs.
As someone said, it sits in a box on a shelf.
I would be curious as to it's value today.



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svcummins

11-08-2019 15:12:42




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to gtractorfan, 11-08-2019 15:03:39  
That is a neat bulldozer



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Traditional Farmer

11-08-2019 14:40:34




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
I use dead trees to heat my house.



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grizz02

11-08-2019 16:48:15




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Traditional Farmer, 11-08-2019 14:40:34  
I used dead trees to build and heat a house LOL



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Bob Harvey

11-08-2019 16:35:10




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Traditional Farmer, 11-08-2019 14:40:34  
Ditto. I built a house for a friend (old style farm house - dormers, wrap around porch with fansay spindles top and bottom). One day I asked him if he had considered solar panels, his reply, "I have 50 acres of renewable solar collectors, why would I bother".



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big jt

11-08-2019 14:12:06




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Old pill bottles I use to hold small parts. even take them to the hardware store when buying small screws.

Old tires drill a couple holes to drain water and store tow cables.



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Wheat47

11-08-2019 19:37:59




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to big jt, 11-08-2019 14:12:06  
Ditto on the pill bottles!!!
and unfortunately, we have a bunch!!!



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OregonAaron

11-08-2019 09:05:41




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
I cut up an old stock rack for a pickup bed into a hay feeder. Works great and is the exact length of a large rectangle bale.



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Crazy Horse

11-08-2019 08:18:48




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
George ..... you are a man ahead of your time, a true millenium planet-earth loving kinda guy. Good for you, just goes to show that while you can manufacture some pretty scary and dangerous machinery, your heart is green and in the right place !!!



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Geo-TH,In

11-08-2019 16:54:48




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Crazy Horse, 11-08-2019 08:18:48  
I'm Red not Green. I'm a Redneck engineer. I love making something out of used items. If I can't weld it, nail it, screw it together, bungie it, glue it, strap it or bolt it together it isn't worth making.



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svcummins

11-08-2019 08:18:38




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Empty hydraulic buckets . Store funnels and haul diesel also have one on the welder to hold wire brush chipping hammer and the ends of the welding rod



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Bruce from Can.

11-08-2019 08:15:43




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
We repurposed old milk cows into hamburger. Letís see you top that!!



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grizz02

11-08-2019 19:51:08




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Bruce from Can., 11-08-2019 08:15:43  
I repurpose your cow hide into shoes so I can walk to get a hamburger



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Geo-TH,In

11-08-2019 16:43:48




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Bruce from Can., 11-08-2019 08:15:43  
I'd top my hamburger with cheese. We used to do the same with our old milk cows.
BTW, our old cows were turned into hamburger because the meat was too tough to eat,



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Jeff B.

11-08-2019 18:51:59




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 16:43:48  
Now if the cheese came from the same cow as the hamburger, that's the utmost form of repurposing!



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Jeffcat

11-08-2019 14:16:36




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Bruce from Can., 11-08-2019 08:15:43  
Now you just had to open this can up. Here is one



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Jeffcat

11-08-2019 15:13:48




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Jeffcat, 11-08-2019 14:16:36  
Some more.



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4520bw

11-08-2019 09:52:33




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Bruce from Can., 11-08-2019 08:15:43  
we repurpose our young tender steers into steaks!



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db4600

11-08-2019 09:36:03




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Bruce from Can., 11-08-2019 08:15:43  
Glad you said it. That cow repurposed the feed into milk that brought profit to buy the seed to grow the feed. In the end it gave you the nourishment and energy to plant the seed and harvest the crop to process the feed that fed the cow to make the milk. And thatís not even mentioning the repurposed by-products....



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Dean

11-08-2019 09:12:20




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Bruce from Can., 11-08-2019 08:15:43  
Love it, Bruce!

Dean



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Mike(NEOhio)

11-08-2019 07:59:52




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
I use empty cottage cheese and cream cheese containers to hold small parts when I disassemble or for soaking in PP. Mark the lids for what's inside because if unmarked I usually forget what they were for. Endless supply along with plastic coffee containers.



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wilson ind

11-08-2019 15:51:54




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Mike(NEOhio), 11-08-2019 07:59:52  
Soaking in PP/ That is just gross!!!!!!!!!!!!



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unc

11-08-2019 07:30:04




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
I had a booth at an antique show a few weeks back. A teenage girl fished through a cigar box of derelict pocket watch parts, and came up with a well worn gold filled watch case. We made a deal, and I asked her what she was going to do with it. "Make it into a locket", and she proceeded to describe exactly how she would do that. Good for her. She had access to tools, and knew how to use them. Repurposing at it's best. unc

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fbh44

11-08-2019 06:50:30




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Peter Pan peanut butter jars; clear plastic, you can see what's inside and yellow top you can write on.



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NC wayne

11-08-2019 06:49:44




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Too many to mention, but Dad and I once opined that nearly everything we owned was homemade, or modified in some way.

My daughter just likes to say that we were recycling long before recycling became the cool thing to do.



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Richard G.

11-08-2019 06:40:22




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Geo-TH,In, 11-08-2019 06:36:03  
Wife has been saving square margarine containers for about a year.
Gonna start sorting my small plumbing stuff and labeling them to make things easier to find.
Richard



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John in La

11-08-2019 07:39:54




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 Re: repurposing ideas? in reply to Richard G., 11-08-2019 06:40:22  
My Dad would write "The Butter" in black marker on the top of the margarine container it the fridge.
Mom would keep left overs in old containers and Dad would get so mad digging threw these containers trying to find the margarine.



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