The joys of skip diving

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Axe_meisterAxe_meister Frets: 3398
My son was bored last night, so decided to do a bit of skip diving.
Result. An older PC with a 6 core 12 thread 3960X processor on a workstation class motherboard (X79), with 8 memory slots populated with 16GB of memory and an Nvidia GTX 970 GPU. In a decent case able to hold 9 hard disks.
Best thing is it all works, My server has been upgraded now populated with 40GB memory, And can now stream 4K video from Plex without buffering.
And my son will have a bit of extra pocket money selling the GTX in these times if GPU shortages. The whole thing scored 10,500 in Firestrike benchmark.

A high-end motherboard can certainly improve disk and network performance, as on paper it should have only been a minor upgrade (original server had an i7 4770S

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  • McTootMcToot Frets: 1599
    I literally didn't understand a single word of that. But it sounds very impressive.

    The only time I ever did any skip diving I was very drunk and got a broken nose and dislocated finger. 

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  • EricTheWearyEricTheWeary Frets: 11334
    One of those things that I thought was technically illegal but a quick google says not ( unless it involves trespass onto private property). 
    We had a skip at the front of our house which unfortunately overhung the pavement slightly, big skip and slopping garden means the offending corner was roughly head height. Our next door neighbour expressed his concerns to us 'that could have a blind man's eye out.'
    So, if we see a skip now we often have a little family chorus of 'that could have a blind man's eye out.'   

    Well done to your son, although I'm with @McToot in not understanding the detail. 
    Inhale away Jackson Jeffrey Jackson. 
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  • Switch625Switch625 Frets: 153
    So he goes out looking for skips to rummage through? That's a thing? I've heard of dumpster diving in the US but I didn't know it was a thing here.
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  • Axe_meisterAxe_meister Frets: 3398
    Essentially a 10 year old workstation, that would have cost 1000s, but can still hold it's own today.
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  • maltingsaudiomaltingsaudio Frets: 1643
    Switch625 said:
    So he goes out looking for skips to rummage through? That's a thing? I've heard of dumpster diving in the US but I didn't know it was a thing here.
    It’s more of a,find someone else’s skip and Chuck all your crap in it when it’s dark, thing over here!
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  • Axe_meisterAxe_meister Frets: 3398
    Switch625 said:
    So he goes out looking for skips to rummage through? That's a thing? I've heard of dumpster diving in the US but I didn't know it was a thing here.
    It's amazing what you can find, especially when you wander around the weathier areas, we have found quite a few antique tables and cabinets in the past that were completely serviceable. Just goes to show what a throw away society we have become.
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  • GizmoGizmo Frets: 590
    @Axe_meister ;Nice find :) i really can't beliver the stuff ppl throw away! i picked up a 2tb HDD from a sky box the other day just left on the street....anywoes How much does your son want for that Nvidia GTX 970 btw? might be interested for a budget 1080p build for a mate?
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 1156
    I've had old stock bricks and victorian doors out of skips before, but never anything with an X in it
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 22780
    edited March 3
    Been doing it for years.
    It really is amazing what people throw away.
    I reckon half the 58 Les Paul Bursts have been scavenged from skips.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 12247
    edited March 3
    Bunch of skip sniffers. "I bet he's from North Lynn" is what you would hear 'round my town.

    Don't fall asleep in a skip. Sage advice that.


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  • JohnS37JohnS37 Frets: 201
    About 50 years ago I was driving through Wimbledon and saw a Vox T60 cabinet poking out of a big skip.  Naturally I jumped out and grabbed it while nobody was looking.  No speakers, but a complete cab.  Strange.
    It sat, unused, in my Dad’s garage for about five years until I got my own house.  Then I sawed it in half and made it into a cooker hood.  Boom boom!
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 5129
    The wood for this came from a skip


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  • Axe_meisterAxe_meister Frets: 3398
    Gizmo said:
    @Axe_meister ;Nice find :) i really can't beliver the stuff ppl throw away! i picked up a 2tb HDD from a sky box the other day just left on the street....anywoes How much does your son want for that Nvidia GTX 970 btw? might be interested for a budget 1080p build for a mate?
    He's sticking it on eBay for $180 buy it now. Given the current shortages, bidding can take them much higher.
    He sold an AMD 470 during the first mining craze for £300.

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  • boogiemanboogieman Frets: 8072
    My cousin fished an old amp out of a skip in the 90s, which turned out to be a working 1960s Vox AC30. He tried using it at home but it was far too loud so he took it into Macaris in Charing Cross Road. The guy looked at it, pronounced it “a bit tatty. So I can only give you £300 for it.” 
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  • Danny1969Danny1969 Frets: 6332
    My first real job when I was still at school was working on Havant tip. Back in those days there was no special bin for anything other than metal. So myself and a few other lads were paid £12 a 12 hour day to jump in the huge containers and fish out anything which could be resold. We even split open all the black bins bags and when through those. We collected TV's and record players before the could be chucked in the containers, push bikes, air rifles, huge collections of porn, tools, clothes. We weren't allowed to have any of this stuff, we had to buy it out of our wages so we used to slide the best stuff under the containers and go back at night to steal it. 
    When you work somewhere like that you can literally make anything for nothing as eventually all the parts you need will be thrown away. We all rode amazing bikes for the time and had expensive Hi Fi's and Sony Trinitron TV's ... which were considered the best available for many years.  A TV was quite easy to fix back then, most faults being bad joints on the flyback transformer and blown bridge rects. Once I was decked out myself I still repaired the stuff but sold it on. I still miss that job. 
    These days I can't walk past a skip without having a good look in it. 
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  • KeikoKeiko Frets: 402
    When I first read your post I thought 'skip diving' was an IT term. Now it makes more sense knowing that you took something out of an actual skip.
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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 1951
    edited March 3
    A fairly battered mid-sixties Fender blackface amp chassis spotted in a skip provided several serviceable original components to suit my Tremolux. 
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  • BahHumbugBahHumbug Frets: 246
    boogieman said:
    My cousin fished an old amp out of a skip in the 90s, which turned out to be a working 1960s Vox AC30. He tried using it at home but it was far too loud so he took it into Macaris in Charing Cross Road. The guy looked at it, pronounced it “a bit tatty. So I can only give you £300 for it.” 
    Point of order your honour.  Surely an AC30 would have to be craned out of a skip, not fished......
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  • Flanging_FredFlanging_Fred Frets: 2296
    Last autumn we were having some building work done at home and had a skip on our drive. I woke up one morning to find that two large flat screen TVs had been dumped in there. One looked ok ( a slightly older JVC) so I fished it out and it was working absolutely fine. I’ve got it in my man cave now. The only thing is it doesn’t have the remote. I might get an Amazon fire stick for it when they’re cheap to get some streaming services on there.
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 22780
    Bunch of skip sniffers. "I bet he's from North Lynn" is what you would hear 'round my town.

    Don't fall asleep in a skip. Sage advice that.
    Why not? 
    There's Always a mattress in every skip.
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  • stonevibestonevibe Frets: 4971
    My mate pulled a 1975 Fender Precision out of a skip, and it was so lightweight and was great all round. Someone had literally thrown it out by a recording studio, with a load of other studio tat.
    How much does it weigh? & Does it play like butter?

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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 18967
    I physically can't pass a skip without looking for some useable wood.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 12247
    Sassafras said:
    Bunch of skip sniffers. "I bet he's from North Lynn" is what you would hear 'round my town.

    Don't fall asleep in a skip. Sage advice that.
    Why not? 
    There's Always a mattress in every skip.
    tell that to the Mckeague family


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  • PolarityManPolarityMan Frets: 5897
    Roland said:
    The wood for this came from a skip


    Yeah but now shit keeps falling out..next time im gonna use a traditional steel skip. 
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  • HattigolHattigol Frets: 4941
    edited March 3
    Switch625 said:
    So he goes out looking for skips to rummage through? That's a thing? I've heard of dumpster diving in the US but I didn't know it was a thing here.
    It's amazing what you can find, especially when you wander around the weathier areas, we have found quite a few antique tables and cabinets in the past that were completely serviceable. Just goes to show what a throw away society we have become.
    It's not always due to us having a throwaway culture.

    Spent last weekend clearing out my late aunty's house in the Cotswolds. The buyers were forcing the pace as they were keen to get in. All charity shops are shut and despite our best efforts, lots of nice stuff simply had to be skipped.

    Really sad but no alternative. 
    "Anybody can play. The note is only 20%. The attitude of the motherf*cker who plays it is  80%" - Miles Davis
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 1272
    I never find anything in them except muck and broken old plaster laths/board had a friend in the 80s who had stuff all over his house from skips like antique brass fire extinguishers ,all sorts .
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  • zepp76zepp76 Frets: 2032
    axisus said:
    I physically can't pass a skip without looking for some useable wood.
    Must resist misconstruing that sentence!
    Tomorrow will be a good day.
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  • axisusaxisus Frets: 18967
    zepp76 said:
    axisus said:
    I physically can't pass a skip without looking for some useable wood.
    Must resist misconstruing that sentence!
    Tramps with boners. My weakness.
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  • KittyfriskKittyfrisk Frets: 5859
    edited March 3
    Can't beat the thrill of a good free skip find.
    Apart from loads of good firewood, I've had loads of stuff like 1930's art deco leathercloth armchairs, a 1960's red telephone, an Overwater bass made for the ILEA, a Linn Sonndek (must get that serviced) and a pair of 1950's stick mercury barometers.
    People are weird in throwing perfectly serviceable stuff away... hate that, so if I see it, I'll rescue it 
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  • hollywoodroxhollywoodrox Frets: 1272
    To be fair I once went past one about 3 or 4 years ago at the back of Debenhams  and there was a female mannequin in there ,it was mid afternoon though and I felt a bit  conspicuous to be walking back up the hill with a naked female mannequin so thought I’d return after dark or early evening ,by then it had gone . Would have made a great talking point in my lounge or probably could have flogged it (sold for money ,not give it a good threshing )
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