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We had our annaul council clean-up. Anyway a lot of "exchanging" or "thanx
for that" goes on. There are even professional junk collectors and
auction-junkies who look for saleable items,usually furniture...but to the
point. I noticed people this year are tossing a lot of TVs out, a trend
since cheap conventional TVs have become available for under $150 in some
cases for a circa 48cm set.

I struck it lucky,..one pile had a 48cm Sharp Linytron TV in a large cabinet
(weighed a ton, despite being live chasiss) and a Sharp stereo VCR with aux
inputs for mikes and a level led bar meter. Got the 'prizes' home and they
both work.

OK the TV was sagging a bit in the colour department, but it has no other
probs. I think what happened was the previous owner probably bought a UHF
only set, and the VCR being VHF out only, was nigh-near useless.

Jason



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Those are great aren't they... And those little skips they
put in the street for people to dump stuff in sometimes
are good too.  Found a digital am/ fm tuner in one a few
years back and the bloody thing worked.

Why chuck stuff like that out?




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It's not the latest unit. Some people have to have the latest.

Jason



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We are having that in our area this week too, one every 6 months.
CRT Monitors and TVs are all the rage, literally every 2nd or 3rd house
has a monitor or TV out the front. Big plamsa TV boxes are popular too,
almost to the point that it's a status symbol to proudy display the box
for your new TV out the front!

We had two people drive down our very private cul-de-sac (which
normally gets zero traffic) canvassing the junk. Looks like they go
street by street searching.

I tried to get a monitor last clean-up day, but by the time I went 100m
down the road to turn around and come back, someone had already stopped
and nabbed it!

Dave :)


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Yeah, would it not be nice if people left a live 240V extension cord draped
on the fence just so you can "check out" the working and non-working
appliances before dragging them off?

However on another note - we live in a throw away society.  As has been
affirmed here, a lot of what we throw away isn't broken - just out of date
or a bit old.  Don't you just love the idiots who leave those big boxes the
plasma and LCD TVs come in?  Almost as good as advertising to would be
thieves - make sure there are at least 2 of you and bring a suitable vehicle
to pick up the 50" HD Pioneer plasma we just got last week.  And some people
wonder why their homes get done over.......

Cheers,
Alan



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That'd take the surprise out of it...!

One guy knocked on my door to ask if he could nab the old 25mJ lpg heater
I'd put out,..he wanted the igniter out of it. I actually went looking for
the striker to give to him as I had removed it,..he'd gone tho and taken the
heater anyway.

They take virtually anything,..old tires, rolls of above ground pool sheet
metal rusted at the bottom etc

Jason

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Handbrake turns come in handy..

Jason



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Problem is in my area guys go around a SMASH the monitors/tv's open, then
smash the end off the tube to remove the (yoke?) coils for the copper.
Leaves one hell of a mess.

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   I get a lot more working monitors donated than repairable computers
for my "Computers for disabled Veterans" project, including a couple new
monitors where people liked their old one better.  The things that are
not repairable are passed on to a local program where they teach people
to solder.

--
Michael A. Terrell
Central Florida

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