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Unread postAuthor: veginator » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:25 pm

For the past few days I jave been looking in dumpsters around a contruction-sight in my nieghborhood and I managed to get:20feet of 2inch,6feet of 3inch ,and finally 8 feet of half inch. This is probably the best idea i have ever had. Please post what solutions you have for this sometimes expensive hobby.
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Unread postAuthor: Pete Zaria » Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:56 pm

I've scrounged quite a bit of useful material out of dumpsters and trash piles near construction sites.
In fact, when I was 15, I built a huge two-story tree fort on my parent's land, completely from materials I "borrowed" from the trash pile at a nearby construction site.
If you're going to use the stuff for spudguns, just make sure it's pressure rated and not too banged up.

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Unread postAuthor: veginator » Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:05 pm

Every time I find a new piece I make it is good condition and is pressure rated. Btw that was only from two houses and there is at least twenty more going up. :D
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Unread postAuthor: mopherman » Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:21 pm

I just recently found 80 seet of pressure rated 2 inch behind a dumpster. i was so syked :D
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Unread postAuthor: Spuddin » Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:45 pm

dumpster diving is one of my specialties. i have found so much good stuff. such as angle iron "bed frames", pvc, metal pipe, a riding lawn mower i fixed up, air compressor im currently using, blaw blaw.
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:50 pm

Wait, why the hell do you need to dumpster-dive with PVC prices so cheap at HD :P You guys would really struggle if you lived in NZ, I don't see why you don't make so many cannons with prices like what you have.
You can get 1.5" galv fittings for $1.2 :shock: It'd cost me like $30NZD here which is about $22USD
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Unread postAuthor: Novacastrian » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:11 pm

They must see you coming and rub their hands together at home hey Crowley :lol:
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Unread postAuthor: HaiThar » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:12 pm

MrC, you should really think of starting a buisness of importing American products into NZ. :twisted: How much is shipping from America to NZ?
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Unread postAuthor: MrCrowley » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:17 pm

Yeah it'd be cheaper to mass import from America and still be able to sell the fittings at a cheaper price then to have Australia make them, and then import from them like we do now.

Shippinh would be a [female doggy] unless you mass imported on a container ship and managed to sell most of the stock you imported.
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Unread postAuthor: mopherman » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:42 pm

MrCrowley wrote:Wait, why the hell do you need to dumpster-dive with PVC prices so cheap at HD :P You guys would really struggle if you lived in NZ, I don't see why you don't make so many cannons with prices like what you have.
You can get 1.5" galv fittings for $1.2 :shock: It'd cost me like $30NZD here which is about $22USD

well thats the thing about us. were extreamly cheap, like cheap enough to jump into a dumpster for a pvc fitting or an old paperback.
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Unread postAuthor: Blackett » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:55 pm

if I saw a book I wanted yer damn right i'd jump in and get it.
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Unread postAuthor: thespeedycicada » Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:10 pm

i made the SVBC entirley out of dumster dived materials and i mean everything exept the sprinkler valve and just the valve i got the blowgun from a construction site.I spent 15 bucks on that thing!
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Unread postAuthor: Fnord » Fri Sep 28, 2007 8:31 am

MrC, you should really think of starting a buisness of importing American products into NZ. How much is shipping from America to NZ?


Just skip america and import directly from china. You'll save a ton of money :wink:

well thats the thing about us. were extreamly cheap, like cheap enough to jump into a dumpster for a pvc fitting or an old paperback.


I'd DD for a book :)
Hell, I've dived for a 3-liter bottle once (they're kinda hard to find around here).

This whole topic smells a contest.
"Build a cannon from the contents of a dumpster"
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Unread postAuthor: williamfeldmann » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:15 am

I agree, although valves can real hard to find, even unions for burst disks aren't that common of throw aways.

However, I would take part if such a conglomeration of awesome ghetto goodness were to happen. I would ask for a bit of leeway. Either allow a few bucks to spend or allow any "relocation device" to be entered, i.e. trebuchet, catapult, gigantic slingshot, etc.

As for cheap pipe, can a person airmail fittings and whatnot, or is that contrary to the Homeland Security whatnot? I know you can buy pipe off the internet, but can they ship outside the US?
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Unread postAuthor: iknowmy3tables » Fri Sep 28, 2007 9:36 am

hey thats one of the many reasons I love this hobby, so many fittings are made in america,
I have plenty of pipe just not long lenghth of 1/2" pvc (my dad uses mostly cpvc for the smaller pipe) I also don't have any 2.5" and anything larger than 6" (which I found 2 lenths of) nor any sdr21
I use ghetto method of couplers sleeving a lot example like if I needed to make a very simple 1.5" canon with a 1" valve (really common) forget bushings and adapters just sand down your 1" thread adapter and put it in the barrel. its because no one will drive me to a large hardware store and wait as I go on a shopping frenzy (so you can't really blame them)
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