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Ace Your Space

Such a brilliant idea - it might need further investigation to see if we could do something similar in my area. I agree though it's tricky to see how these things work in with the throw away society but more people are rejecting this. 3D printing might be a solution to missing parts - we probably need some local students who are keen on learning this stuff.

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I have an uncle who brings home more stuff than he takes to the dump. Being an engineer, he usually fixes the treasures he finds and passes them on to people who can use them. We like to tease him that they should name the town dump after him :-)

My son once dragged home a '95 Saturn that had seen better days; we initially used it for a parts car until I got the bright idea of swapping a '97 VW Jetta TDI drivetrain that I found. It took us a couple years to engineer the swap, but it regularly gets 65 mpg and I only have about $3500 into it. Been driving it for several years; it's kind of beat up and scruffy, but it's been very reliable and doesn't owe me a thing.

Currently cleaning an old (dated 4/21/38) cast iron drainboard's a little worn and has some damage to the porcelain, but it has a lot of interesting character and patina that I'm preserving. Anyone else probably would have scrapped it, even though it's still useable. I'm always mortified at the things that people will throw away...

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Retro Steam Works

I'm one of those people who don't throw away stuff, if possible I'll fix it; if not I'll transform it. This is a piece I made using a light fixture that came with my home when I bought. It had splatters of paint all over and the light sensor wasn't working, so I replaced it but I never threw it away. Three years later I decided to use it in this project, it also has parts of another three light fixtures, included a three-level touch dimmer; I also used parts of a wooden chair that somebody threw away.

Click here to see some of my work

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