I thought I tell you all about my recent skip dipping find. Soaked and with thoughts of soup and stove in mind I walked past a skip in the pouring rain. Almost immediately I stopped to consider how bad the weather must be to make me do such an irresponsible and unethical thing. I went back and was delighted to see 4 double glazed units tucked into the side of the skip. I was sure they would be cracked but when I pulled them out they were fine. 2 are 6'x 3' and the other 2 are much smaller. I fetched the old 'Box'o'bolts' and drove back to the skip just as a van with 'Security' written on the side pulled up. "Game over" I thought. Where I live there people have an attitude that seems to consider stuff in a skip to be rubbish unless someone else wants it and then they see it as their duty to stop the stuff being stolen! Begrudgery is all the rage when it comes to skip-dipping. The security bloke was no more interested in standing in the rain than I was so my spoof about building a green house was good enough and we both parted company, him with an excuse and me with the glass. I will use them to brighten my shed, but I will wait until the rain stops before I start cutting holes.
i got an old metal toobox a few weeks ago chucked in a skip by a builder. a plumber by the looks of it who couldn't be bothered clearing out the mdf dust type fluff that had accumulated in his dented toolbox. lots of allen keys, a kilo or so of brass compression fittings, masonry nails, fuses, a decent tester screwdriver, conn blocks, rawplugs, dozens or assorted chipboard screws.
most of this stuff will be used in the next year as will the toolbox.
one advantage to the throw-away society is rich skip-dippings!
I have been at it again. I got an old Heat Recovery Ventilation unit from a skip. It is one of the older 'passive' designs that was standard in Scandinavian houses and others. I have plenty of pipe work from a previous skip. Watch out for some pics and a description of how it works and the installation.