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Freebie Guide - Hobbyist Guide

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Unread postAuthor: Davidvaini » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:13 am

Hey guys, I thought of making a list of a few things that Spuders and other hobbyists would find useful. The list would be of different items and how you can find or get them for free...

Feel free to add to the list:



LIST of Freebies____________________

Schrader Valves (Tire Fill Valves):
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h168/ ... C01057.jpg
Cost: Free
Where to get them: You can go to automotive stores such as car tire repair shops. They essentially cut of the tire valves off bad tires and they throw them away or pay to get them recycled. You can go and ask if they can put some off to the side for you for a school project and you can get a ton of them.


Camera Flash Circuits:
http://blog.savel.org/stuff/20060117b.jpg
Cost: Free
Where to get them: You can go to stores that sell and handle disposable cameras. When people take pictures with disposable cameras they bring in the camera to places like Walgreen's to get the film developed. The cameras are just simply thrown in a bucket, bin, or drawer. Simply go in and ask if you can use them in a science project for school. Now this one becomes a little more tricky since the cameras say do not open and they might feel legally obligated not to give you the cameras. You can mention that you have the popper equipment and safety proceeder's to do so however and then they might give you some.
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Thats it for the list right now, as It is 2:00 AM and I should be getting some shuteye.


If you feel like you want to add something to this list, make sure its free or very very very cheap (like 70% off minimum) Make sure to list where you can get it and how, also please use the format I used.
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Unread postAuthor: clemsonguy1125 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:57 am

About the camera flash circuts, I used to do this but the last few times I tried this they told me they coudnt give me them because of a recycle policy
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Unread postAuthor: JDP12 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:13 pm

Wow David great idea!!!!!

When I get some time I will have to add some things I've found to this
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Unread postAuthor: Ragnarok » Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:52 pm

clemsonguy1125 wrote:...but the last few times I tried this they told me they couldn't give me them because of a recycle policy

That's a little daft - after all, that's precisely what you're looking to do with them... recycle them into something else!
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Unread postAuthor: Brian the brain » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:10 pm

Simply go in and ask if you can use them in a science project for school.


Right.... :roll:


I'm 30-freaking-4 years old.. :D


Add a fridgecompressor...maybe?
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Oh my friggin god stop being so awesome, that thing is pure kick ass. Most innovative and creative pneumatic that the files have ever come by!

Can't ask for a better compliment!!
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Unread postAuthor: jackssmirkingrevenge » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:13 pm

Brian the brain wrote:
Simply go in and ask if you can use them in a science project for school.


Right.... :roll:


I'm 30-freaking-4 years old.. :D


Thus you move into "for my son's science project" territory.

Freebies aside, schraders can be bought cheaply in bulk from eBay, have a look.
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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:24 pm

Used neon sign transformers. They are usually free or really cheap. This is because as NST's age, they become very unreliable. There is no use fixing them because it is easier to replace them
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Unread postAuthor: rp181 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:04 pm

a 50 pound NST s not something you want to strap onto a cannon..
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Unread postAuthor: rcman50166 » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:39 pm

Not all cannons have to be mobile either.
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Unread postAuthor: K8TOW » Thu Jan 21, 2010 9:50 pm

use the used tire wheel weights from a tire store,instead of pennys.its cheaper and you can get all you want for free.
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Unread postAuthor: btrettel » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:29 pm

I won't go into details of specifically which company/companies do this to prevent abuse, but some manufacturers give away free samples. If you see a company making something you like but you have no idea where to get it, it never hurts to ask them about pricing. If their quote is for something like 300 units and that is the minimum, ask them about a sample for testing.

Giving away a free sample seems to be standard in some industries as far as I can tell. A customer might order thousands of units... giving away a few for a customer to test would not cost much in comparison.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:35 pm

Spark plugs - Walked in to a hobby store and asked if they sold them and the guy gave me one for free. Also got some free ones from the local garage.
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Unread postAuthor: K8TOW » Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:35 pm

i work down street from a fire extinguisher store.they replace and design fire systems.i brought my gun in and asked them for an old tank.they gave me a new one for free.its better than pvc in the long run.i use it as the supply and its only 1 inch
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Unread postAuthor: Jimmy K » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:05 pm

Im a few miles from the manufacturing plant for Campbell Hausfeld air compressors. They give out a ton of air tanks because they're dented or because they have bent stands.
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Unread postAuthor: Crna Legija » Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:04 am

i worked at bunnings and they throw away a tone of stuff there i got a brand new wiper snipper for 1 buck because it was on the shelf for 3 months and they got a new one and need to get rid of that one. also got cigweld 135 MIG welder for $85 rrp is around $1000 because it fell of the pallet and you get 10% discount just for working there
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