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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: ]
catman529
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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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