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#2173454 - 11/19/10 09:49 AM What are your thoughts on dumpster diving
catman529
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I'm all for it, provided the construction site isn't plastered with No Trespassing signs. I hate to see whole bins full of 2x4s, 2x6s, plywood and other very useful stuff go to waste. Sometime I'll probably get a bunch to make a blind or treestand or something. A year or two ago I got some wood from a dumpster and used it to build a trailer for my bike. If I actually felt like dragging it out to the spot, I might use that trailer as a deer cart as well.

Anyway what are your thoughts on dumpster diving? I think some people don't like it or see it as theft, which I disagree with. The only reason not to dumpster dive (in my opinion) is if it's on property that's posted, and even then I might take the risk My way of thinking is "it's ok until someone tells you to stop" In other words, it's fair game unless someone who works at the site tells me they don't want people in the dumpsters. No signs, fair game...what do you think?
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#2173749 - 11/19/10 12:40 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: catman529]
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#2173765 - 11/19/10 12:47 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: DOC1187]
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Well.....if I had a mind to do it (which I don't), I'd at least get permission before diving in.
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#2174446 - 11/20/10 06:31 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: Rowdy]
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Um id say no unless you have permission. Alot of construction sites actually take some of those dumpsters to salvage places and get some money for the contents. So in my opinion that would be stealing. Just ask first. I wouldn't hunt somebodys land without permission and I wouldn't dig through their trash with out it either!
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#2174788 - 11/20/10 04:47 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: ]
catman529
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lol...not household trash diving! but whatever you find to be an enjoyable hobby....
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#2175755 - 11/21/10 10:26 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: ]
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sounds cool..always much more rewarding to make it yourself. although I do like my $300 mountain bike I have now.
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#2176126 - 11/21/10 04:47 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: DOC1187]
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#2176442 - 11/21/10 07:41 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: buckhorn40]
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Ask !

I have called the cops several times on vagrants who were raiding my construction dumpster. They always seemed to move on to looking inside the house, under the house, in garages....

Even had one clown pulling aluminum siding off my house while I watched from across the street while waiting in line to vote.

IF you ask politely and tell them what you are going to use it for they will almost always say yes, provided you don't make a mess.
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#2176785 - 11/21/10 10:54 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
catman529
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Sounds good, thanks...pulling siding off the house? that's not dumpster diving...it's stealing....although I admit I have looked through the houses in the past for scrap wood.
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#2178563 - 11/23/10 07:56 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Sounds good, thanks...pulling siding off the house? that's not dumpster diving...it's stealing....although I admit I have looked through the houses in the past for scrap wood.


Going in a house uninvited is a BIG No-NO.

If I catch someone in one of our houses uninvited they get to sit on the front step and wait for the police. YES we press charges. Good way to get shot too.

Too much theft going on to give any leeway. "I was just looking for scrap wood" is the first excuse given as they load your copper pipes and tools in their 82' datsun pick up.

Im always on high alert going into a vacant house. Had a face off years ago with 2 clowns who were "just looking for scrap". One had a pipe in his hands and all I had was a clipboard. Turned out ok but could have been bad.
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#2178602 - 11/23/10 08:16 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
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If it's not posted, it's still not ok. Kind of like seeing some land to hunt that's not posted. It's still tresspassing.
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#2180129 - 11/24/10 08:37 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: jb3]
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Sounds like a good way to get your ars in trouble, I'd take the time and ask 1st before you assume it's fare game because it still belongs to someone until it's hauled away. Sometimes some of the workers on the contruction site salvage the left overs and you don't want to get caught by some of those guys. This day and age I don't think it's a good idea to going into houses you don't have permission, but that's up to you.
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#2181517 - 11/24/10 08:51 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
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Definately ask. Owners are often vandilized and stolen from so much that they will call the police if you dont ask first. Also they are afraid of being sued if someone gets hurt in the dumpster
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#2182898 - 11/25/10 09:01 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: deer f]
catman529
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Thanks all I will remember next time I need some scrap wood. Maybe go on a week day when they're working and ask someone on site?
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#2188592 - 11/29/10 08:44 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Thanks all I will remember next time I need some scrap wood. Maybe go on a week day when they're working and ask someone on site?


Yep. Ask for the supervisor. He likely works for the owning company. The 'no habla' guys have no authority to grant permission for you to be on the site or remove anything.

I had one guy who would occasionally show up and ask. I told him he had 10 minutes and permission was only good for that one time, and don't make a mess.

Guy thanked me, got some scrap and left. Next time he came back he had a little plywood box on the back of his truck he made with the scrap.
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#2197858 - 12/05/10 05:23 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
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I deliver sand to a lotta job sites and it kills me to see the good material they throw away, a guy could get enuff material over time to frame up a small room.

Sevral years ago I read a piece in the Chattanooga paper about a guy whos hobby was visiting car washes, vending machine areas and looking for change, he said that year alone he picked up (if I remember) $30,ooo in money people had dropped and not bothered to pick up or sucked up in the vacume cleaners at car washes.

I realize the insurence companies wouldnt allow it because ther afraid off get'n sued and loose'n a all mighty dollar but it looks like something could be arranged for some of this stuuf to be set aside for some one that could use it, especialy in this economy, maybe if they could work it off some how.

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#2213260 - 12/14/10 11:52 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: ]
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Its against city ordinance in City of Knoxville
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#2216472 - 12/16/10 06:54 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: ]
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#2239991 - 01/01/11 06:42 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
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 Originally Posted By: fishboy1
 Originally Posted By: catman529
Sounds good, thanks...pulling siding off the house? that's not dumpster diving...it's stealing....although I admit I have looked through the houses in the past for scrap wood.


Going in a house uninvited is a BIG No-NO.

If I catch someone in one of our houses uninvited they get to sit on the front step and wait for the police. YES we press charges. Good way to get shot too.

Too much theft going on to give any leeway. "I was just looking for scrap wood" is the first excuse given as they load your copper pipes and tools in their 82' datsun pick up.

Im always on high alert going into a vacant house. Had a face off years ago with 2 clowns who were "just looking for scrap". One had a pipe in his hands and all I had was a clipboard. Turned out ok but could have been bad.


hey i have a 82 datsun pickup and i dont go around stealing stuff. no joke i really do daily driver

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#2240803 - 01/01/11 02:22 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
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there is a dumpster in a shopping center across from my house. it belongs to a window /siding company. its full of broken glass! you can hear the guys at the end of the day chunking windows.
they had to put up signs to keep folks out but my guess is they dont get repeat visitors.ouch

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#2247809 - 01/05/11 04:22 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: utfan1]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: utfan1
there is a dumpster in a shopping center across from my house. it belongs to a window /siding company. its full of broken glass! you can hear the guys at the end of the day chunking windows.
they had to put up signs to keep folks out but my guess is they dont get repeat visitors.ouch


lol...but then there could be some crazed person like me looking for some glass to make a turkey pot call with... ;\)
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#2310968 - 02/16/11 12:44 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
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#2311516 - 02/16/11 07:14 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: ]
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when we were kids growing up in southern cal i built my first bike from parts i found in the trash can of the swhinn bike shop on beach blvd in buena park.i collected soda bottles for the refund to pay for everything else.
this is a touching story, almost bring a tear to the corner of my eye

Was Curtis Loew on the bench out in front of the store? \:D
Ole Curtis was 60,maybe I was 10.......Moma used to whoop me,but Id go see hime again.Havent heard that song in a while.
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#2342974 - 03/17/11 01:30 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: Football Hunter]
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I have picked up a few things on the side of the road, but never a dumpster....
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#2343524 - 03/18/11 07:09 AM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: Football Hunter]
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He looked to be 60 ,maybe I was 10.......Moma used to whoop me,but Id go see hime again.Havent heard that song in a while.


fixed it ;\)
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#2372979 - 04/19/11 08:30 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: Rowdy]
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x-2....it is considered private property and permission should be granted. \:\)
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#2446820 - 07/15/11 09:42 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: catman529]
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Not for it. i work for a company who deals with folks returning mdse that has either been stolen from a job site or was stolen from dumpster diving. The dumpster should be considered "private property" and off limits but to those who leased it.
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#2452558 - 07/21/11 04:59 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: fishboy1]
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there are people who sit out items on the side of the road and run and ad hoping you will come and hall away.
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#2478438 - 08/12/11 10:42 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: ROD]
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me and dad do that with scrap metal.we take and ask the guy thats incharge of everything and.we usely have about 3 or 4 pick trucks full of scrap metal.and he told us that he ran people off because they never ask for permission to get it out of the dumbster and they make a mess when they get it out and never pick the stuff they knock out up and put it back in the dumbster.but everytime we find a new place being rentavated or redone on the inside we always ask and see if they have any scrap metal to get rid of.and sometimes they help us load it on or truck and trailer.but they uesly keep the copper that they take out of it.but me and dad said thats all right because if you take in too much psc in knoxville thinks you stoled it someplace and have the cops on you for it.but i'm watching a place right now for scrap ply wood and stuff so i can build me a new; hunting box blind out of it.
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#2671088 - 12/13/11 07:48 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: dh1984]
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I lived in an apartment complex for a while. Didn't think of dumpster diving until I saw a fishing rod sticking out of the dumpsters. I have gotten computers, software, furniture, Clothes drying racks, bicycles, and I don't know what all. Even made a little money off of some of it.
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#2677377 - 12/16/11 09:15 PM Re: What are your thoughts on dumpster diving [Re: ]
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Best time to go is in the middle of the day while people are around. People working can usually point you in the rite direction of someone in charge. Most likely they will have no problem at all. Going after hours will just look suspicious and could get you in trouble. There are alot of people these days steeling any and everything from construction sites. I wouldn't want to be confused with one of them.
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