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Old 05-28-2012, 06:06 AM   #1
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Unhappy What to do with the old axles?

Well my husband Joe just does not want to take the old axles to the dump- he wants to sell them by putting them in our front yard with a for-sale sign, or by advertising on Craig's List, or to let inertia rule, and just let them sit for perpetuity. I am not the only wife who fights this battle- a pack rat husband who finds it difficult to part with ANYTHING... and believes ALL trash has value to someone as a treasure... (Who would want to buy the old things except a scrap recycler?)

Any ideas for how to get rid of or re-purpose the old axles? I was thinking about renting a Medieval trebochet and lobbing them at the first unwelcome man- or beast-invader I find on our property. Or maybe at my husband, if he won't dispose of them!

I will entertain ANY suggestions!

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:14 AM   #2
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They might be ok for a utility trailer or a junk wagon. I have an old trailer that I used to haul stuff to the dump with. It is ugly but it gets the job done.


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Old 05-28-2012, 06:22 AM   #3
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I took them directly to recycling.

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:23 AM   #4
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Advertise them on Craigs List, then when you get a scamer that wants to send you a bad check and take them away LET THEM
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:47 AM   #5
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The shop that changed mine out simply thru it in the dumpster outside their shop. That was fine with me.
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:05 AM   #6
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Here in Tampa there is a woman that has a beat up truck and trailer that goes around collecting metal for recycling. I have given her tons of stuff... literally. She is very nice, and has created a nice little business for herself. My axles will go to her.

Most metropolitan areas have metal recyclers that will pay by the pound, and people that will take them off your hands for free.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:43 AM   #7
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The only thing I can think of of value on them would be the bearings, if in good condition. The old ones had Timken bearings which were good quality and last a long time if properly greased. It is not easy to find those great US made bearings anymore.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:57 AM   #8
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I had placed an ad suggesting there final use on someones created utility trailer for FREE. No takers so the axles sat with my 2 part donor Buick cars for 2 - 3 years. I found an out of work young family man and gave all to him. He got his father's flat bed car hauler then with 3 trips down to Sacramento with those cars and axles and cleared $600 for his family. He was clearly very appreciative and I very happy to not had to deal with them. I threw in a gift card for In n out burgers for his family. Good feelings all around!

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Old 05-28-2012, 09:04 AM   #9
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I gave mine to a young kid in town that needed a trailer to haul his mover with...Good deal for me I didn't have to move them, good deal for him axle wheels tires and electric brakes to boot...!
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:20 AM   #10
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When building that new fence, bury 2' of the axle with concrete and use as a corner post. On the top hub, mount a 4' scale model of an Airstream that will act as a wind indicator. With reflective blue tape, mount your property address numbers on the front and rear of the Airstream model.
Inside, mount your old used battery and charge it with a 2.5W solar panel mounted on the roof of the model trailer. The battery will run the LED miniature marker lamps.

Be prepared the build more of these, as people will come knocking at your door day and night.

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Old 05-28-2012, 09:25 AM   #11
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When I changed mine the old ones were gone for a utility trailer to the guy who helped me put in the axles.

If that doesn't work tell your husband to plant one end in the ground bolt some wingy things and pink flamingos on the other end and voila, best whiligig around.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:40 AM   #12
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I'm a carpenter and make a living remodeling people's houses.
The worst part of my job is having to work around all the junk that people have stored everywhere in their homes.
The worst offenders are women who just seem to have so much worthless junk everywhere. I don't know what's with their childish fascination with shiney baubles or all the cutsie wootsie, kitschy stuff they have. Like christmas decorations enough for 5 trees, or several old wreaths for the front door. Or seven different plaques that say home is where the heart is or happiness is being a grandma, all of them slightly damaged and thrown haphazardly into the junk room where I have to move a pipe. You can't even move the fridge to rewire behind it because it is so laden with silly magnetic cats, mice and cows. And don't forget about the three used toasters, electric frying pans, can openers and 57 used cottage cheese and margerine containers that are sitting on those shelves in the laundry room and the 25 years worth of birthday cards that are all stuffed in an overflowing box in the closet.
At least the man stuff is generally outside or in the shed or garage and would probably have some scrap value if you brought it to the recycler.
But getting back to your question on those axles.
I would try advertising them on craigslist for $25 or so.
Better to see them go to someone who could maybe reuse them than just get melted down as scrap.
$25 would pay for a nice lunch date for just the two of you somewhere and maybe have enough left over to buy a little magnetic penguin. If there is any room left on your fridge to stick it...
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:39 AM   #13
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Here is what to do. Let him put them in the front yard for sale.

Then call the junk guy to come and get them.

You might have to pay him!

Then tell your husband you sold them!!

Then give him the money for them!!!

It might coast a little, but hey, he will be happy and you will be happy, Everyone is happy......!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 05-28-2012, 12:44 PM   #14
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What to do? let this guy sell them for you

I've seen this ad several times and said, "Wow, I paid that for new ones"
If I ever see the ad disappear I'll call him and see if he can move my old ones for that price.

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