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Scrap heap behind shed, Am I the only one.
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Spence    Posted 04-11-2002 at 11:48:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
I keep my scrap heap behind my shed/shop and
my wife wants me to get rid of it. You can see the stuff if you look at it from an angle. But it's all stacked nice and tidy,really!. Then I piled a cord of wood on each corner to hide the stuff, but Oh Nooooo, not good enough. She wants to put flower boxes on my shop window, so now the stuff doesn't blend in with the decor. What's next curtains? Ever since I put the place in her name things are starting to get mighty female around here, sorta ashamed to show the place off.

Tried to explain the stuff is expensive when you buy it. For instance I have bed angle iron, about 12 pieces, makes great car trailer frames when welded in a box. So does pipe, makes good supports for water tanks and shelves. Have a few galvanized basement window wells too lying around. A few tractor rims, too. One day I came up short one, then I found it quick enough holding flowers on the front lawn!. Sad way for a rim to end it's days. Lotsa tin for repairing rust on the truck, don't come cheap. I also keep scraps of metal I cut off, just in case I need it. Pretty dangerous walking around back there I guess with shards of metal on the ground. You don't want to be wearing your best rubber boots.

Gotta get rid of the water barrels in front of the shed too. What's wrong with them? So they're blue and the shed is green, when the well runs dry, color won't matter.

Just can't figure it. Seems like a guy can't protect his loot anymore without some PERSON, you know who wanting to call the scrap guy, who will only add the stuff to his trove anyway.

You figure.

del    Posted 04-13-2002 at 20:42:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wives sometimes don't understand good scrap. The feeling you get digging through it to find that piece of metal you put back six years ago just for the project your working on now.A little heat, a lot of hammering, drill a couple of holes and it's a perfect replacement for a broken bracket. A little paint and you feel like you've just bowled a perfect game, made a hole in one,or done one of those things guys that don't tinker do.

Ollie - My hubby's (M.R.)scrap piles    Posted 04-12-2002 at 12:37:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ol' M.R. has a lot of "scrap metal". He'll even drive across the state to Portland (OR) and buy more!

He keeps it all pretty neat and tidy. It's mostly in his shop and a quansit hut, not outside where it will rust. I can even find things!! I go with him to buy and have learned a lot and can understand what I am looking at and what he is talking about. Also have learned the value of some of that "scrap". He calls them "handies" (handy to have around). It can save time and money when you just need a small piece.

We (after all these years) work in partnership. We discuss different projects he's working on and what he needs to complete it. If things are a little tight, we'll talk about the timing of the project. We make the decisions together and he knows that if he has thought it through, we will find a way to get what he needs. Yes, he's spoiled rotten and he knows it. Sometimes I don't quite understand even after he's explained it, but if it sounds reasonable and he's put some thought into it, OK.

Take him to an auction and Nellie bar the door! He is rather selective about what he buys and at what price. (I was the one that bid $22,500 on a swather!)(We had discussed that before also)

The shop is basically "his" territory, but I also have learned how to use the equipment and where things are so I can either help him or do it myself.

Full Moon    Posted 04-12-2002 at 10:17:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hardly. My friend has a trash/dung heap on two sides of his shop. Real shame too. He proudly proclaims that he's never used any 'chemicals' on his place, but has soaked the area around the shed with used engine oil, grease, antifreeze, etc.

Dave in Mo    Posted 04-12-2002 at 09:48:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jist tell your wife that a tidy place is no good for wildlife. The junkiest farms have the most game. Goes without sayin'

breadbakerkathy    Posted 04-12-2002 at 03:25:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My 2 cents here. We are in the burbs and we do have a small scrap heap, mostly in the garage. My dh is a blacksmith. It is his hobby and he does volunteer work at a historic mill.

Now the thing that irks me is having to go to the store to buy a rod or angle iron to make something. Most of our blacksmith friends live in the country and have scrap heaps on the property; neat piles, of course. I do take a look at them when we are at their houses. Sure wish we could store more around here.

I not only wish we could have a few barns to store his stuff and our stuff, but I'd like one for myself. You see, I have 6 spinning wheels and looms and they take over the house. Dh made me take them to the basement to hide them and open up living space. I felt that they added character to the surroundings. Also, I have a small business and sell them.

We are looking to moving to a small farm in a few years.

Yes, collecting metal is a good thing. So is collecting wood for a wood shop.

I am reminded by reading some of these posts of some people live in museums, others live in a home. I like a clean unclutted house, but I live in a practical life style. We always have a project going, whether it's the computer room re-do, remodeling, or yard or whatever.

There's nothing more frustrating than having to buy something for every project you do other than knowing you have something and can't find it! lol

Alvin NE WI    Posted 04-11-2002 at 19:59:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Guess them wommen is the same all over the country. Just a short time ago I went to get some sheet metal parts for a very valuable tractor. took the Mrs along for the ride, after all it was a 500 mile round trip with a pickup truch, had the box piled up pretty good. On the way home at night , stopped to eat, so I parked the truck under the brightest light in the parking lot as near as possible to where I could watch the truck.After all I payed big $$ for the " she named it junk" . Thought she wouldn't even sit near me when eatin. She said she was glad it was dark when we got near home so the neighbors wouldn't see us coming home !!!

bob ny    Posted 04-11-2002 at 18:12:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]

F14    Posted 04-11-2002 at 16:37:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been married to the same woman for more than 27 years, so any macho BS about being "The Man of the House" is long since forgotten. We share most decisions, I defer to her on those that she knows more about (matters of taste, style, decoration, anything to do with the house, and she's a much better judge of people than I am) and she defers to me on vehicles, animals and technical details.

We have 4 acres in the "house lot" and everything that can be seen from the road is kept neat, painted, grass cut, etc. In fact 99% of the place is like that.

Behind the building that used to be my hay shed, is my pile of "stuff". You can't see it from the road, you can't see it from the house, in fact, you can only see it if you really work at it, or happen to be canoeing up the stream. She doesn't like it, doesn't see any reason to keep it, and wants me to get rid of it. It ain't gonna happen. This is one of the few things that is worth my while to be adamant about. I'll keep it out of sight, and I'll keep it sorted and stacked neatly, but there ain't one single ounce of it gonna get throwed away. And she knows it.

It helps that I've been able to build useful stuff for her out of it once or twice.

F14...Oh, and...    Posted 04-11-2002 at 16:38:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
She also knows Aitch-Eeee-double hockeysticks will freeze over before curtains get hung in my shop!

Ivey    Posted 04-11-2002 at 16:14:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take her to the hardware store, let her see for herself what you have to pay for a piece of new angle iron, a few washers, etc. Then remind her what she could have bought for herself with that money!

Spence    Posted 04-11-2002 at 17:29:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have a hard time getting her to set foot in my 86 pickup, let alone take her to the metal shop.

PCC-AL    Posted 04-11-2002 at 15:49:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I look into the setting sun in the twilight of my life, I have finally come to realize that men are the weaker sex. It all has to do with ownership. In my family my wife owns 99% of the money and 100% of "you know what".

Dave in Mo    Posted 04-11-2002 at 15:38:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'd ask the wifey about HER junk in house. I dunno about your house, but EVERY single horizontal surface in EVERY room in our place has the females stuff on it. Every time I build another "organizer", it's filled to the gills and then some. I've since given up. No problems anymore.

Ludwig    Posted 04-11-2002 at 14:31:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
It could be alot worse. I saw the effects before
I heard this story:

Old farmer sells a couple fields what get
made into a subdivision, continues to farm
nearby. Finally the yuppies in the sub get tired
of the smell and complain, town tells the
farmer he can't have cows anymore so he
gets some old junk smashed up cars
(straight from the junkyard) and paints "cow"
on each. Then places them around the place.
He's allowed to have cows now.

SO go out an get some old junk cars, paint
flowers on them and tell her you're helping

Spence - Ha,Ha Great!    Posted 04-11-2002 at 15:07:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

Show your wife this...    Posted 04-11-2002 at 13:47:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]

And tell her I have 3 more just like it in plain view of the uphill neighbors.
You tell her she has it easy and that she COULD be married to the likes of me!



Dennis and Toni or is it Toni and What's his name?    Posted 04-11-2002 at 20:49:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ebay ebay ebay Quick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DeadCarp - Dang! lookit all the pipes!    Posted 04-11-2002 at 19:03:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why, with a little cuttin and poundin, a fella could play Amazing Grace that'd make your eyes water with a thing like that! :)

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-11-2002 at 16:06:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice truck a little bondo on the fenders and some paint it could be on the road again!! That aint junk! Mark H.

DJ ;0)    Posted 04-11-2002 at 15:57:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh this just wouldn't do. LOL

Spence    Posted 04-11-2002 at 15:05:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I see is a good set of shocks and a useable roll bar. The box would make a good bed for pumkins or cukes. Ya can't make me see junk, Pal.

Sammie    Posted 04-11-2002 at 21:00:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't see any junk either!! What I saw was all of those weeds and a really nice place for a FENCE!!! lol

big fred    Posted 04-11-2002 at 15:01:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what's called a "good work truck"

Ron/PA    Posted 04-11-2002 at 13:21:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like mebbe its your own fault..

Who wears the Pants? ----M.R.    Posted 04-11-2002 at 13:20:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
When someone asks me this question, I'll usually reply that we both do - that it just gets interesting when one tries to put both legs in at the same time & hurtful sometimes too.

Well partner, I sure most of us have been in your shoes at least once and I probally don't quailfiy to be giving advice. ;>] But on the other hand it is your shop/dog-house or hers?
Mine been along with me enough on trips to the steel suppliers and recycle yards to know the high dollar value of these treasures. Usually the only feedback I'll recieve is "Are you going to use it it the next 3 months" now this being a TRICK question'
Be Prepared' to go into a long animated tirade to justify the purchase.
Another method that works,is when they show up in Your shop/space is to be grumpy and tell them that you keep it cleaner than they do their house - Works for me everytime and I get to spend more time in my dog-house err shop.
But Hey, what do I know it must be the Hunter's vs Gather's snydrome- my only mistake was not lodgepolling her that first night. Nickels & a million dollars, carefull now cause it will a lot of trouble and expence - to break in a new one.

Ollie - M.R.'s better half?    Posted 04-12-2002 at 12:15:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello dear: Just read this. We'll talk about it later.

Toni and Dennis    Posted 04-11-2002 at 12:25:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Be glad you don't live here, anything Dennis buys that isn't used within 6 months I toss it, although I am not to sure I could carry all of your "STUFF". I think the only reason he lets me do this is because he forgot what he bought it for.

He told me a story of how all those cars end up in a field. A man buys a car, car breaks, he buys a junker to get parts for the car, needs more parts, buys more junkers, before you know it the poor wife is living in a car cemetery.

I really think this is one of those "man" things to drive us crazy!!!

Bail yourself out like Dennis does, just say "Yes Dear".


Spence - Just as I thought, a conspiracy!    Posted 04-11-2002 at 12:34:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven't moved up to the car cemetery. Not enough land. Wouldn't do me any good to buy the land for it anyway, she'd probably take your advice and buy it out from under me!!

rhudson    Posted 04-11-2002 at 12:13:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Design a flag, draft a charter, organise an army and take a stand. or compromise, get her to agree that she limits her shoes to one work pair and one dress pair. i tell no lie, just about every scrap of metal i ever threw away, i needed two weeks later.

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