The things you find at the tip.
Does anyone else find that they take a car load of stuff to the tip and come back with the car full of someone else’s crap.
Just picked up a turbo trainer a kids bike and a adults cheapo mountain bike. The bikes are getting welded together as a trike with a truck seat 🙂Posted 7 years agoWaderiderMember
I have 3 PC’s and one flatscreen monitor in the house all liberated from Cambuslang council amenity site. I use them to as frontends to stream Mythtv to various rooms. I grab one a visit and if the spec surpasses any of the computers already in use it’s free upgrade time. When I was a lad I got a set of Mission Electronic speakers worth ££££££’s out of North Down dump.
My father in law once chucked a curvey stayed Hetchins in the local dump before my time…….criminal.
Something is wrong with society etc.Posted 7 years agoavalancheMember
I have recently salvaged a perfect 80’s GT Timberline MTB which I sold at a carboot and a first class 90’s GT Rave road bike which is having a bit of loot lavished on it because I love it so. Both bikes came from the local tip and needed only a clean and lube and some sky in the tyres.Posted 7 years agoesselgruntfuttockMember
A mate of mine actually owned a landfill site up North, the stuff he found was unreal. The best find was a Rolex watch…still in the box! & it wasn’t snidey either.Posted 7 years ago
He made a fortune out of that tip. The daftest bit was when a local council came with some lorry loads of snow that they’d cleared off some streets, paid him £50 per lorry to tip it & after the sun came out it was all melted the next day. The other one was when tradesmen came with wood from various jobs, he’d charge them for tipping it then flog the wood to someone else. Same with bits of scrap.
Think I’ll buy a big hole. 😆oldgitMember
waderider, that hetchins tale reminds me of when I asked an old mate as to what happened to that A S Gilot frame he had at his mums house. ‘Smashed it up with a firemans axe…the way you do’ he said.
Complete non working Scalextrix (ford Sierra one) only needed the little white cog in the cars replaced, 50p each and was working again.Posted 7 years ago
Set of retro Shimano factory wheels near perfect but with a siezed freehub.flamejobMember
Great thread. I have always wondered why most councils let the gangs who work those sites get away with the BS that goes on at the tips.
If you have a spare 15min you should watch this TED talkPosted 7 years ago
I’ve had 2 big compost bins that are around £70 each (think I paid about £3.23 for them as the bloke said £5 but that was all I had in my pocket). + both of the kids first bikes for £1 each. A nice big wicker log basket for 50p! (would have been £20-£30 easy in a shop), loads of old terracotta plant pots, a laminated OS map of Purbeck (rolled up in a tube – as new) + various other bits and pieces.
The guys at our tip are great – they have a separate area where they display things that they think are worth reusing and only charge a few £ (or even pence) for stuff. I think they have it drilled into them that the company that runs it has to pay for each skip that goes into landfill and they are pretty keen to minimise the volume of stuff that does.Posted 7 years agotakisawa2Subscriber
Biggest bunch of jobsworths you’ll ever meet run our tip. I had to fill out a 2-page form to throw a tyre away. They steadfastly refuse to allow anything to be removed, & yet you watch them brazenly picking up something you’ve just chucked in the skip, & putting it in the office.
I tried to chuck a 2’x2′ peice of plasterboard & was told I had to make a 20 mile round trip to their “specialist waste unit”.
Needless to say it was snapped up & wheelybinned.
Bunch of vigerous-genital-fondlers the lot of them.Posted 7 years agoDavesportSubscriber
Ay-up Waderider 😀 I think my brother’s got your frame ! My brothers mate told him “there’s a bicycle frame down the tip, but the chain & seat stays are all twisted, like a corkscrew” Hmm, better get meself down the dump sharpish he thinks. Sure enough, as he suspected it’s a curly Hetchins. That was at least 10 years ago & he sent it back to some place dahn sahf to have it fully restored. It’s an absolute peach & soon to be on Fleabay.
You don’t hale from the glasgow area by chance do you ? Somewhere around there he found it.
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