my recent project

iggy keeps posting pics of his projects and i was feeling jealous, wanted to
post a pic of MY recent project, a "trash can corral". i was proud that i
used mostly scavanged materials, it's electrical EMT bent w/ a hickey, pop
riveted gussets, scabbed together angle iron. it actually isn't "FINISHED
finished", i intended to put a corrugated sheetmetal floor on it but've got
to scavenge up a 4' x 8' piece somewhere. i made this corral because every
time after i go to the dump the empty cans would blow across my back yard,
i'd taken to tying them all together so they didn't blow around but that was
a hassle tying and untying them. i wanted to make something that looked
nice (instead of cobbled together treated 2x4's).
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i never even bothered to try to find if such a thing is available
commercially, i did a google search for "trash can corral" and "trash can
cart" and the ones that i found held only two cans, were on wheels, and
looked like they were very flimsy-ily constructed, and more than i wanted to
spend on 'em anyhow.
i didn't think EMT was going to be strong enough, i was afraid it's too
ductile, but it seems ok.
b.w.
oh, p.s., you can see my duckies in the upper left hand area of the image,
they're terribly overexposed but they're still there. DUCKIES!
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William Wixon
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Looks very neatly made, a great idea.
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Ignoramus1983
A nice unit, big plus is that you didn't generate umpteen queries to the list on construction! :-) The mind boggles though, that you foresee the need for 8 trash barrels.:-)
Tom
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Tom
According to William Wixon :
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Great! I may do something like that on a smaller scale.
I spotted them. I also seem to see a cat slinking in hunt mode near the right-hand corner of what may be the garage. (Or is that some kind of sheet metal sculpture? There has been too much JPEG compression to yield much of anything zooming in to it.
Enjoy, DoN.
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DoN. Nichols
i debated whether my post was worthy of posting here, figured what the heck, thought maybe if someone could use/improve on the idea it would be worth it. i was afraid someone would comment on that ("8 trash barrels"). kinda embarrassing. i had the need for 7 bays, figured i'd round it off and make it an even 8. 1 for kitchen waste (that i bury in my garden), 1 barrel for peat moss (which i throw on top of the kitchen waste. for a nitrogenous/carbonaceous compost mix), 1 for recyclable glass, 1 recyclable tin, 1 GARBAGE, recyclable plastics, recyclable paper. figured maybe someday i'd come up with a use for the extra can, figured it would be better to have one extra than one too few. or, maybe if i was too lazy to go to the dump i'd end up with two bins of tin cans or two bins of glass, which sometimes happens. i have two more recycle bins than most people, i imagine not very many people keep their food waste out of the waste stream.
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William Wixon
Don't sell yourself short; that's a great looking and functional build you've made. Gives me some motivation for my next big project, a vertical lumber rack to organze a currently disheveled pile of boards stacked up in the carport.
Good job, and thanks!
Jon
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Jon Danniken
This is something worth posting compared to ... Good job!
Nick
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Nick Mueller
I dunno about slinking, Don. It looks to me like the cat is concentrating on the mantra "Nothing to see here" :-)
Cheers Trevor Jones
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Trevor Jones
Galvanized trash can, tight fitting lid, duck food storage, rodent resistant.
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Ecnerwal
It look like the cat is staring right at the camera. Must have been disturbed in its "hunt" :-) ...lew...
Reply to
Lew Hartswick
Responding as a mechanical engineer (retired), that's a damn fine design IMHO -- elegantly simple, functional, rounded corners to minimize risk of personal injury to users and passers-by, amenable to small-scale fabrication without specialized machinery; could perhaps use some feet (cast concrete deck supports?) to get the corrodible metal parts out of contact with the ground. I think that you might explore the possibilities of commercial manufacture and marketing. Maybe approach trash collection companies with proposals to supply in several sizes for use at apartment complexes, cul-de-sac concentrations of homes, etc. Assuming that you haven't patented it already, your revelation of the idea in a public forum like this may compromise it's patentability at this point, but I'm not a patent expert. Here's some sites relating to patent searches and alternatives (not an endorsement).
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David Merrill
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David Merrill
hey guys, thanks very much for the compliments. you made my day.
b.w.
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William Wixon
This is a great project. I am sick and tired of my trash cans getting loose and stampeding the neighborhood. BTW where did you get white ducks?
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greggspen
actually, come to think of it, that set of ducks my mother hatched out last year from eggs laid by the previous batch of ducks which we bought as ducklings from Agway. they're "indian runners", TOTALLY goofy ducks.
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yeah, don, it's a tin cat, has clear glass marbles for eyes, i saw a pic in a gardener's supply catalog once, a tin cat scarecrow you put in your garden, made in france, thought it was neat so i made one (didn't want to pay whatever it was they were asking for it). i can't say for sure if it functions as a scarecrow but it's fun to tease our cats with, and when relatives visit and bring their dogs we get a kick out of their reactions. sometimes it even startles me!
b.w.
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William Wixon
According to William Wixon :
They do look strange. :-)
Great! Could you put up a closer shot of it? We've got a couple of cats, and perhaps I should make something like that.
When I was a kid -- I had three ducklings (you can guess what a kid would name three ducklings. :-) Two of them made it to adulthood, the third proved why a duck should not cross the street. The adults were then taken back to the farmer who had supplied the ducklings originally.
Thanks, DoN.
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DoN. Nichols
We usually had a duck in with the hens. These were hatched by a hen, and never really knew they were ducks. Since we lived on a small lake, it was common for me to take my duck for a swim, one full grown duck, not familiar with tradition, damned near tore my arm off as we got close to the water's edge, he never did learn to swim. Another occasion, the old hen hatched four ducklings in early June. Next day we took them out on the lawn and I put down a bread pan of water, the poor old hen became very upset when her offspring proceeded to go swimming! She soon became accustomed to their strange behavior. Gerry :-)} London, Canada
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Gerald Miller
He didn't know how to duck.
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John
Duck food? I thought the idea of having ducks was that they would eat snails and bugs in the garden.
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Roger Shoaf
i've been trying for the past 2 or 3 days to upload this picture to my webspace, called the tech people twice, i think in the end i just had too much stuff in it already. pretty aggravating/frustrating.
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i was lying in bed the other night wondering "what WOULD a kid name three ducks?!" all i could come up with is "huey louie and dewy"? aren't they ducks? the way i would've interpreted that event was not that ducks shouldn't cross the road but that there are a bunch of hassoles out there who should slow down more often.
my ducks seem utterly fascinated with the mud puddle in my neighbor's (across the street) driveway. (even though they've got a 100' wide pond here in our yard) when it rains they're over there having a grand old time. it really pisses me off because jerky drivers blast past them as if there's no way they might jump out into the street in front of the car. i go across the street and open and close an umbrella. our ducks are TOTALLY freaked out by umbrellas, they all take off in a fast run/ground effect flight across the lawn and back to the safety of the pond.
apologies to all for going on about my ducks.
(the cat design probably copyrighted by the french company i mentioned in a previous post, it's not my own original design.)
b.w.
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William Wixon
Very nice! TOrch or plasma cutter? I LIKE IT!
Manny, Moe and Jack?
Moe, Larry and Curly?
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner?
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