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    Disposing of broken speakers?

    I'm probably overthinking this, but what is the best way to dispose of speakers that aren't worth saving? Prefer to recycle, but it seems like the magnets could cause problems at the recycling center by sticking to the dumpsters or the handling equipment.

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    Donīt overthink it

    By the way, recyclers handle WAY nastier stuff .
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    I took my dead speakers to the scrap yard when I cleared my shop, they never blinked an eye at them.

    Once those magnets shatter, they don't offer a lot of resistance to the machine.
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    raw speakers or cabinets?

    around here neither one will last long enough in the alley for the garbage man to get it -- a scavenger always hits it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glebert View Post
    it seems like the magnets could cause problems at the recycling center by sticking to the dumpsters or the handling equipment.
    There's a thought. Meanwhile what I've observed at the metal scrapyard, is they have a small crane with a big electromagnet hung on a chain and use that to pick iron/steel out of the mixed metals pile. All a speaker magnet would do is assist the process by doing a little pre-sorting of its own.

    Since our town has issued recycling bins to each house, I just toss in any metal waste including speakers. If I had enough to make it worthwhile turning in for cash I'd haul 'em to that scrap yard, probably get enough to pay for my gas to get there & return home. Copper is another matter. I have a couple hundred line cords removed from amps. Might be enough value there to buy a good case of beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo_Gnardo View Post
    Copper is another matter. I have a couple hundred line cords removed from amps. Might be enough value there to buy a good case of beer.
    What about the decades worth of dead transformers you all must have accumulated over the years? I assume some must have hundreds and hundreds of pounds.

    could be an early retirement

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    Quote Originally Posted by nsubulysses View Post
    What about the decades worth of dead transformers you all must have accumulated over the years? I assume some must have hundreds and hundreds of pounds.

    could be an early retirement
    I had a neighbor who scrapped - gave him roasted transformers to add to his iron pile. He hasn't been to the yard for a while, recovering from cancer & treatment for that. Since then I've gathered less than 100 pounds of kaput trafos. But I do have a couple lawnmowers to haul in, so I'll bring those too. Probably be able to buy a sixer of Milwaukee's Best.

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    I have been buying dollar beer lately. $1 for a 24 ounce can. What you might call lawnmower beer. Something non-sweet to quaff with my hot dogs or chili. NAtural Light and Keystone light have been the dollar lately. Can't quite bring myself to drink Milwaukee's Best though.

    BAck in the day, we used to drink a lot of Falstaff. It cost about half what other beer cost. And bonus: on the underside of the bottle caps was a rebus puzzle. Don't know if that brand even exists any more.

    On more adventurous days, I might spring the extra 10-20 cents and get a Genesee Cream Ale, or a Rolling Rock.

    Pretty sure I have a dead lawn mower...
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    Local little scrap yard takes all old speakers and tranny's I box up along with lawnmowers, washing machine etc.

    They weigh the van on the way in and then again when it's empty.
    Then I have a few bucks for beer.

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    You haven't had a beer until you have tried a Shiner out of Shiner, Texas or a Dixie or Jax out of Louisiana..Jax had a picture of it's brewer on the bottle. It was a horse.

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    Playing at a bar years ago out here in the Philly burbs and bandmate orders a Yuengling as we get domestic beer free.
    Barmaid says "that's an import"
    Import? It's brewed like an hour away from here. You don't get more domestic than that.

    She didn't believe us.
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    I like when I went from Dublin to Belfast and was wondering why Guinness got more expensive all of a sudden... also an import.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drewl View Post
    Playing at a bar years ago out here in the Philly burbs and bandmate orders a Yuengling as we get domestic beer free.
    Barmaid says "that's an import"
    Import? It's brewed like an hour away from here. You don't get more domestic than that.

    She didn't believe us.
    Wow, I had to google it.
    By the name I thought it was the very Chinese "Yueng Ling" and wondered: are Chinese buying breweries now? .... one of the few production areas still in American hands?"

    But found it was founded by an old German immigrant in 1829 .... cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by J M Fahey View Post
    Wow, I had to google it.
    By the name I thought it was the very Chinese "Yueng Ling" and wondered: are Chinese buying breweries now? .... one of the few production areas still in American hands?"

    But found it was founded by an old German immigrant in 1829 .... cool
    What's odd to me, is that as a resident of the US midwest, I had never heard of it until a few years ago. I guess that was their first expansion into Ohio?
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    If it still won't get loud enough, it's probably broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eschertron View Post
    What's odd to me, is that as a resident of the US midwest, I had never heard of it until a few years ago.
    Yuengling used to have a pretty small local distribution area.
    When I lived in York PA in the 80s, it was advertised on the local TV station, but I could never find it in a bar.

    -rb

    PS: PA also had some of the wackiest alcohol sales laws in the universe.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoho...f_Pennsylvania
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    Quote Originally Posted by drewl View Post
    Local little scrap yard takes all old speakers and tranny's I box up along with lawnmowers, washing machine etc.

    They weigh the van on the way in and then again when it's empty.
    Ok for somethings, but lead (car batts.) and copper should be worth more I think. Transformers should also be worth more than metal due to all the copper.
    I keep them all separate, there are scrappers that come around the rural areas and pick-up. Basic metal is one price, batteries, copper, and radiators are more valuable. They acknowledge that the transformers contain a lot of copper and adjust accordingly.
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    Me unwinding a tranny before scrapping it can be the difference between $.07/lb & ~$2.00/lb. Copper definitely worth more. If I just take in a tranny, they only see steel. I've often wanted to go collect the wheel weight buckets at auto shops, too... they just recycle them. Don't think they get paid for them.

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    After moving recently I had a few blown speakers that needed to be taken somewhere. I thought first about rebuilding the speakers to get practice at fixing them, but just did not see the benefit to cost opposed to buying new ones. Of course I started searching google for any ideas that other people had to repurpose blown speakers. I only found a few pics that showed making them into lamps and that was about it.


    Might work if you have some really old speaker and some know how to weld. Anyway I ended giving them to the goodwill... Oh well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enzo View Post
    I have been buying dollar beer lately. $1 for a 24 ounce can.
    As a beer is typically 12oz, you're two drinking 50 cent beers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyP1955 View Post
    As a beer is typically 12oz, you're two drinking 50 cent beers.
    That depends on how you look at it. Keystone is only halfway toward being a legitimate beer so it evens out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck H View Post
    That depends on how you look at it. Keystone is only halfway toward being a legitimate beer so it evens out.
    You can always use it to catch garden slugs.

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    I live next door to a brewery, I can buy a fresh pint of a Belgian triple ale or whatever, whenever I like. But beer need not be fancy to wash down a hot dog. In fact I do that math. Three large cans is equivalent to a six pack of 12 ouncers. And even the cheap BS beer never sells for $3 a six. Plus the six pack means 60 cents deposit instead of only 30 cents with the big guys.

    I look at it like Harbor Freight. Some of their stuff is junk, but why pay $15 for a flashlight, when the same thing is a buck or even free at HF?
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    there's a point to be made for cheap beer ... why spend a lot of money? you don't really buy it, you only rent it.

    if you live next to a brewery Enzo, I'm surprised that you buy beer at all. I'd think you'd just make regular visits to the tasting room.
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    You have a point, but I'd rather rent the penthouse two weeks a year than rent the storage shed all year long...

    Personally, I don't buy cheap beer, but I'll drink it. I think nearly any beer can have at least one redeeming quality besides being cheap...

    Speakers, on the other hand, they don't like ANY kind of beer. Beer makes them want to visit the reconer or scrapyard. Hey, I had to bring this around somehow...

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    Just goes to prove that beer can make any thread interesting
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    It is not a huge Budweiser plant, it is one of the local breweries that are springing up everywhere. The tasting room serves pints and charges for them. Interesting to me that they can't sell a pint of anything over like 8%, so I can get a 12oz. Nothing prevents me from ordering two 12oz but they can't serve one 16 ounce.

    https://badbrewing.com/menu/

    Cheap beer is like a cheap hamburger. I like a nice prime rib with a bake potato, or BBQ ribs. Hamburgers, I like the big fancy ones, maybe with sauteed onions. I like steamed blue crabs like we had fresh from the bay in MAryland. But sometimes I am doing stuff and just want a cheap burger, or if I feel fancy, maybe an Arby. Not that I prefer them, but they are what suits me at the time. Likewise I have bought many hot dogs off the roller pipes at the Speedway stations. When I am in the mood for something, but not cola, and tired of iced tea, a can of lawnmower beer hits the spot.

    In fact lawnmowing is a good example. After mowing the large lawn on a hot summer day, I don't want to sit and sip a Belgian tripel, I just want a cold quaffing drink.

    And speakers? I am speaking for cheap beer...
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    I wouldn't mind the penthouse for two weeks, but I still need shelter the other 50 weeks of the year.
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    Electronic Waste Junk Disposal Service.

    As for your confusion of how well the electronic wastes are disposed off, there are junk disposal service in GTA that process electronic and appliances waste removal in a standard well equipped procedure. You wouldn’t have to worry about the standards and environmental damage the disposal might cause when hiring them for your junk removal. They look into every possible methods and choose the right option in organizing the waste management which they haul in their bin rentals.
    There might be people like them over your area. Just try them out.
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    Oh good, the spambots are here to take away the speakers!
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    Somebody complained a couple days ago: "56 views and no answers"
    Well, here you have it, probably 20 or 30 of those views were by spambots like the one above, they just didnīt drop their eggs because they were pushing "something else" , such as cheap wedding cakes or cheap sports jerseys or extra size condoms but as soon as they find the keyword they have been searching for in the thread text (or title), they post their own junk.
    Which in this case must have been "recycling" or "junkyard".
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    Quote Originally Posted by J M Fahey View Post
    such as cheap wedding cakes...
    I still want cheap cake!
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    Yeah, Juan - your links are broken again. Forget the speakers, we wanna dispose of some CAKE!

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    The intelligent SpamBot first checks customerīs marital status and wonīt proceed unless you provide Notarized copies of a fresh marriage licence cheap, and receipts showing you already hired a Church cheap, a multi Religion Priest/Rabbi/Imam/Dervish cheap , party Caterings cheap and an Experienced Event Photographer cheap so now you know.

    Almost forgot: to cover all these cheap services, you need at least U$20000 balance (or preapproved credit limit) on the bank account linked to your credit card .......
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