Gilbert Fritz wrote:
Leaf and coil springs on vehicles are very high quality tool steel. As far as I can tell, most vehicles that leave a scrap yard to be crushed up still have those springs in them. I wonder if I could do a deal with the scrap yard to obtain those springs at less than parts prices but more than scrap prices.
Nicholas Molberg wrote:
Something I keep coming back to, is getting charcoal beds or charcoal kilns up. I haven't looked too deep into how the Rocket Mass Heaters work, but I don't see any reason why burning your wood down into charcoal, and then burning that instead, would be a bad idea. Seems like it'd let you stretch your wood supplies a hell of a lot longer.
Nicholas Molberg wrote:Sounds like the Rocket Heaters are designed to deal with the same problem we solve with Charcoal, just with less labor.
Charcoal is still great to have for other things, but in general it's not worth the trouble to use in a Rocket Heater, since you've already kind of solved the worst parts of burning wood.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:Hi Jordan, thanks for your input! With the spring idea I was going off of information in a book by Alexander Weygers on what scrap parts are worth forging stuff out of, but I'm certainly no expert! I wouldn't be surprised to find he'd gotten some things wrong.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:I was thinking that a lot of the tools, metal objects, and small engines which are thrown away could be either refurbished, rebuilt, parted out, or used as stock for creating other items, with scrapping as a last resort for whatever is left. For instance, I've read that springs and other parts from machinery are often high quality tool steel, great for making edge tools from.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:Still trying to think through this. To make it work on any kind of large scale, I'd really need to make the tools come to me. I could, of course, go around to garage sales and such, but this would use a lot of time.
I was figuring that scrappers might end up with a lot of broken/worn tools and equipment that they don't want to deal with as tools. How would I go about giving them a better deal than the scrap yard would?
Also, thrift stores probably receive tools that they are not really set up to handle; might they be interested in selling them at a steep discount to somebody who committed to picking them all up every week?
We'll find out, I guess!
Gilbert Fritz wrote:I could, of course, go around to garage sales and such, but this would use a lot of time.
William Bronson wrote:
I would also be interested in buying a competively priced replacement handle for tools I would rehaft myself
How hard is it to make an axe or shovel handle?
How long would it take you to rehaft a shovel head someone walked in with?
How long to clean and sharpen it?
Now that I'm thinking about it, a shovel head reforged into a mattock is something I would want.
William Bronson wrote:That sounds amazing!
It makes me think, if I used electrical conduit I could bend a handle to what ever angle I wanted.
I wonder if some fiberglass rods and a bunch of Bondo would work to fill in and stiffen that bendable handle.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:Anyone know the legalities involved in repairing electrical tools, whether corded or cordless? A quick google search is only turning up stuff related to OSHA and to potential voiding of warranties.
Gilbert Fritz wrote:One of my friends salvages leather from old couches to make leather items.
Jordan Holland wrote:I know a guy who sometimes pays for the contents of an entire property after a sale, etc.