Like everyone else, I'm having a rough time of it. While I did manage to get a job, it doesn't pay alot and I don't even see full time hours consistantly. Since I don't have money to do much when I'm not working, I've gotten into recyling lately.
I actually stumbled across this a few weeks back when cleaning out the garage. Had a few dozen old metal file cabinets. Thought, what the heck even if I got $5 that'd pay for a gallon of milk or something. To my surprise, I got nearly $75 for all the metal I had in my garage.
So I printed out my town's garbage pick up days and I've been cruising the alleys the night before and picking up bulk metal. The cash has come in handy and I've got a nice supply of metal for welding projects as well.
Then my mother wanted to get in on the recycling band wagon and she's been saving all of our aluminium soda cans. I just have open problem with this. It takes so many to make it worth while and they take up sooo much room, I need some way to compact them.
We do have one of those can crushers that you mount on the wall, but they really don't smash them down all that much. Then I do remember someone made a crusher and posted it on here. But I can't find it, even after doing a search of the site.
Basically the person that built it made a box out of 1/4 plate and then had a ram with another plate press down on it. I kind of like the idea, but I would like to see it again before I start building it.
I also did a google search, seen one built with a hydrolic ram on the miller site, but I'm not sure I want to get all that involved with pumps and stuff. I do have a compress to run a pneumatic one though.
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