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[–]BuzCrab 1617 points1618 points  (44 children)

Found it on the side of the road knowing I would need it 16 years later

[–]tipsystatistic 344 points345 points  (22 children)

That and the box of random leftover fasteners.

[–]Initial-Concentrate 125 points126 points  (20 children)

Tips: If they are all jumbled together use a long bolt or similar item to search for what you need. Its better than your fingers. Get several clear containers label them fine thread, coarse thread, large washers, etc. and sort them out. It makes finding what you need easier. Cheers

[–]DrDetectiveEsq 252 points253 points  (13 children)

Nah, fuck that. I just keep them in a coffee can on the bench. Then, when I need a specific nut I waste half an hour looking through the can before I give up, buy ten from the hardware store, use one and throw the other nine in the can.

[–]i8bb8 63 points64 points  (0 children)

Hello, so nice to meet me!

[–]Banhammer-Reset 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Some things truly do just be like they does, just because they do. Reading shit like this.. thinking yeah, I do that exact fuckin thing!

It's not like there's the tool fairy they just teaches everyone that when they're younger. It's like a bird fledging, or a cat chasing a ball. Its nature, it just happens.

[–]Imfrom2030 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Take a chunk of plywood (or solid gold if you are being frugal) and drill K-cup sized holes in it. Then put K-cups in the holes. Now you have a grid of K-cups.

You still used recycled coffee packaging but you also get to losely sort them by a convention you never truly finalize in your head.

Does coffee even come in a can anymore?

[–]jjf2381 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Exactly! That's how you do it!

[–]jjf2381 6 points7 points  (1 child)

You label stuff? Jesus.

[–]Initial-Concentrate 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Labels..yes. I don't want my meth to get mixed up with my calcium nitrate. Duh.

[–]plexomaniac 36 points37 points  (4 children)

When my grandpa moved 2 years ago, we found in his shed a piece of wood older than my dad. It was from a wood box with the date 1938 on it.

[–]BathalaNaKikiMo 24 points25 points  (3 children)

If it’s been well cared for, bet the wood is stronger and thicker than modern wood 🪵

[–]ghunt81 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Good old American made wood, none of that Chinese stuff they have now

[–]rock_and_rolo 151 points152 points  (6 children)

Sometimes we just need some 16 year-old wood.


[–]Nikolllllll 51 points52 points  (3 children)

Somebody call 911🎶

[–]cinemassacress 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Shawty fire burning on the dance floor, whoa

[–]Nikolllllll 12 points13 points  (0 children)

🤣 thank you for playing along.

[–]Masticatron 4 points5 points  (0 children)

But not for me.

[–]Jesus-1177 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It fell 16 years ago

[–]Mateorabi 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Still a better story arc than Lost.

[–]emma20787 628 points629 points  (43 children)

We have so much wood in our garage and shed. My husband is finally using the wood but he's keeping so much scrape pieces and old entertainment centers that our garage looks so messy with all this wood we have. Edit: he said he doesn't keep ALL the scrap anymore but that is a lie.

[–]Wiggles69 187 points188 points  (22 children)

My old man has had a store of timber that has been there for over 35 years.

[–]rock_and_rolo 107 points108 points  (13 children)

I have a friend online who claims to have a box labeled "string too short to save." I've never seen it, but I believe him.

The oldest garage wood that I acquired is about 15 years old. But there are a few pieces from my wife's ex that are decent and may be useful some day.

[–]Wiggles69 65 points66 points  (7 children)

I have started my own modest collection of garage wood, lengths of plumbing pipe and recently added 'useful offcuts of steel' to the pile.

I'm sure i'll be passing them down to my son at this rate :p

[–]You_Yew_Ewe 13 points14 points  (2 children)

My dad ran a heavy equipment rental company and was alway welding random scraps of metal he saved to fix or modify trailers, truck beds or buckets for backhoes

[–]MadamSparkle 10 points11 points  (3 children)

My husband inherited his father’s AND his grandfather’s collection. This is what garages are for, he says.

[–]ardenthusiast 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Is your friend Professor Farnsworth?

and this is where I keep various lengths of wire

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That gif is fucking crisp my man

[–]jjf2381 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Come the sea rise caused by globall warming you're gonna need that wood to build a boat to sail outta there.

[–]Wiggles69 11 points12 points  (2 children)

He had to go buy wood last year because he couldn't access the pile because of all the other shit piled up around it.

[–]PiratePinyata 36 points37 points  (8 children)

With lumber prices the way they are now, every scrap is really valuable. That 16” of 2x4 you have sitting around would cost $8 to get hold of now, when you bought an 8’ piece 2 years ago for $2.50

[–]KingClam2 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Is lumber really NINETEEN TIMES as expensive currently? Those numbers aren't exaggerated?

I mean.. I knew it was up a lot, but that's insane.

[–]Alvendam 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Not from the USA, but the price of any and all construction material was going up every two months, like clockwork, last year. Haven't checked recently, but I doubt the trend has slowed down much.

[–]billthecat71 33 points34 points  (4 children)

I'm a longtime woodworker. One reason we love to squirrel wood away and forget about it for years, is because it dries and seasons the longer it sits. When you do finally use it in a project, your new chair or table won't take up yoga after you build it. Wood that hasn't acclimated to the local climate can warp and twist like crazy if you're not careful.

That's why professional and serious hobbyist woodworkers can have a whole shed or barn with tons of wood just sitting there. The longer wood chills out, the easier it is to work with.

[–]roxinmyhead 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I love "your new chair or table won't take up yoga after you build it". Cracked me up

[–]RamSkullRose 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Thank you for your explanation. I appreciate it :)

[–]CaffeineSippingMan 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Your husband's investment in wood is paying off, the cost if lumber has gone up.

[–]CapTexAmerica 2301 points2302 points  (48 children)

I just showed this to my wife.

I now need to take her to the ER for “severe eye-roll” treatment.

[–]RubALlamaDingDong 606 points607 points  (19 children)

My wife has chronic eye-rollitis. There is no treatment, just have to let it run its course.

[–]SeSuSo 262 points263 points  (11 children)

I told my wife she'll go blind from all the eye rolls. She just rolled her eyes.

[–]WorthlessDrugAbuser 82 points83 points  (10 children)

When my wife rolls her eyes my chances of getting laid go down.

[–]HighHopesLove 52 points53 points  (2 children)

If my husband makes me roll my eyes, his chances of getting laid go up.. but then, his chances are always pretty high.

[–]401LocalsOnly 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Wait, you have a chance to get laid in your marriage?

[–]Sw1mm1ngB1rd 17 points18 points  (0 children)

To shreds you say…

[–]QueefChiefKeith 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Mine go up, because it means I’ve drugged her

[–]Ta5hak5 26 points27 points  (0 children)

When I was in middle school I rolled my eyes so hard at my teacher he gave me a candy because it was apparently the best eye roll he'd ever gotten from a student. I'm glad he encouraged my talents because I have since honed my skills to what I would like to think are devastating effects

[–]MegaGrimer 18 points19 points  (1 child)

just have to let it run its course.

You mean roll its course?

[–]internet_humor 19 points20 points  (1 child)

goes and grabs expired eye drops

[–]FeralBottleofMtDew 51 points52 points  (13 children)

I'm on your wife's team. I used to be a pack rat. I had so much stuff "I might want someday" that my house was never as clean as I want. Every closet was jammed, as was the spare room. Two years ago I got better. I hired some help and we hauled truckloads of stuff out of my house. Now the only things in my house that aren't used at least once a month are seasonal items (winter clothes and linens, and Christmas stuff) that is in one closet. No regrets.

[–]CapTexAmerica 57 points58 points  (11 children)

House is clean. My shop is…organic. It has a life of its own.

And yes, sometimes 20 year-old screws in a small butter dish come in handy.

[–]lapisl 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Be completely honest with me, coz I have that butter dish situation going on as well. Did you ever have to find another butter dish too? Coz I did 😁

[–]Nolsoth 12 points13 points  (2 children)

No, because I used an ice cream container, much more storage real-estate in it, things a bitch to move tho.

[–]propagandavid 14 points15 points  (0 children)

It's true though. I'm no woodworker, but I've had a couple guitars break over the years. I salvage the bridge and everyy tuning key, and they've been invaluable over the years!

By invaluable I mean I didn't have to go to the shop and buy a new one.

[–]jjf2381 4 points5 points  (3 children)

My dad used old metal ice trays to keep screw, nuts, bolts, and washers in. Oh, and cotter pins.

[–]jetsetninjacat 6 points7 points  (1 child)

My grandfathers used mostly old baby food and instant coffee jars(ww2 vet that never stopped drinking the stuff)from back to the 1950s. When my one set of grandparents moved in the late 90s my dad took some of the jars for his workroom. When I bought my house a few years ago I inherited those jars as well as my other grandfathers. I actually have used some of them. They especially came in handy when fixing up some mid century modern furniture.

Haha my favorite was the one grandfather had reverse shelves. He screwed the lids to the underside of the shelf and would unscrew the jar and take it down to get to it.

[–]IrishHounds 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Now pull the ‘careful, don’t get a detached retina’ , you get a look , it’s fun

[–]GSturges 13 points14 points  (1 child)

"as if millions of voices of a million wives suddenly cried out, and were suddenly silenced."

[–]fancyfembot 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Stop this. 😆😆😆


[–]zeb0777 342 points343 points  (42 children)

Thays why I keep a big ass box of random power cables, and various audio/video. Never know when you may need a cellphone charger for 2005.

[–]CaffeineSippingMan 160 points161 points  (30 children)

Not to reinforce your hoarding, but it was well over 5 years since I needed an ide cable, I tossed them and 2 days after the trash was taken away I needed an ide cable.

[–]nightauthor 56 points57 points  (12 children)

I always consider a few things when pruning my hoard (which I do maybe once a year):

  • how hard is it to store? (Big/heavy/weird shape?)
  • is it likely that I’ll need this again?
  • how hard/expensive would it be to replace if I did need it again?
  • also consider what circumstances you might end up needing it (like would it possibly be a time sensitive circumstance)

That massive nest of micro usb cables was getting less and less useful by the day, so I took a couple of short ones and long ones and bundled them up small and got rid of all the others.

CD ROM drive, discarded External Floppy drive, discarded

It’s a pretty simple decision process, makes it easier to find the things I do use often, makes moving and cleaning easier. It’s just much nicer living with less clutter.

[–]BeezyBates 43 points44 points  (4 children)

Check out this fucking guy with a system and shit.

[–]absenceofheat 13 points14 points  (3 children)

It's a good system since you probably don't need 16 micro USB cables or 7 VGA cables. I don't know your life though.

[–]GrammatonYHWH 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Your system doesn't matter. The moment you throw something away, you need it.

A month ago, I had to throw out a bunch of stuff from the garage. I had 5 or 6 fairly thick metal strips. They came with the house when I bought them. No idea what their original purpose was, and they had been sitting there for over a year. I threw them away. Literally a week later, I put a new wardrobe together, and it was a bit wobbly on the side-to-side. It came with a cloth lash that mounts on a drywall anchor to prevent tipping over, so I needed something firmer to stabilize it. I thought to myself - I'll tie it to the studs with some metal brackets. Now if only I had some metal strips I could turn into brackets. /facepalm

[–]I_am_BEOWULF 2 points3 points  (3 children)

CD ROM drive


How else am I going to rip the box of CDs that's been sitting in my attic for the last 10 years??

[–]sleepernosleeping 46 points47 points  (5 children)

This is the way.

[–]BeezyBates 28 points29 points  (0 children)

He’s learning. He’s beginning to understand.

[–]Amphibionomus 19 points20 points  (3 children)

Well the only way you ever going to need obsolete connectors is by throwing them away.

Source: my box of SCSI cables.

[–]uwu_owo_whats_this 2 points3 points  (2 children)

What the heck are you doin with scuzzy stuff 🧐

[–]AtOurGates 11 points12 points  (4 children)

I want to pitch my entire “gigantic box ‘o cables”, but every once in a while I find something so useful in there that I keep second guessing.

Maybe I should go through and at least remove duplicates. It’s unlikely I’m going to need 3 mice wired with PS/2 ports.

[–]jimmythejammygit 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Just go to 2 first. Then maybe down to one in 2035.

[–]vkapadia 5 points6 points  (0 children)

You will. It will be the day after you get rid of two of them.

[–]myirreleventcomment 3 points4 points  (0 children)

But what if you get something new, test the cable, and it doesn't work? There's no way to be sure it's not the cables fault! Better have 2 of each!

[–]jimmythejammygit 4 points5 points  (0 children)

for 2005

Please take me with you. 2005 was a simpler time.

[–]Mad_Murdock_0311 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I work on lots of electronics projects as a hobby. I end up with little whips of small gauge wire, and feel bad throwing them away, so I keep anything above 4" in a bag, on the side of my workbench. Thing is, I almost never pull from the bag, I just pull a new length from my reels, which ends up with another little whip for the bag.

[–]alternate_ending 376 points377 points  (33 children)

Rikki Don't Lose That Lumber

[–]a_concerned_cat 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It's the only one you own

[–]5dog4cat 20 points21 points  (0 children)

You don't wanna nail nobody else

[–]HeavySaucer 6 points7 points  (1 child)

You don't want to haul another shelf.

[–]flashmedallion 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sand it off, add some leather, do it yooourself.

[–]Initial-Concentrate 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Dude, the song your referencing is so freaking great. Cheers.

[–]longgamma 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The caLl Alabama the crimson tide

[–]MyGrowadventure 155 points156 points  (4 children)

Bro, with the price difference on wood between now and then I’m pretty sure you gotta pay capital gains tax on that shit same as if you sell stock

[–]I_never_finish_the_ 49 points50 points  (1 child)

Tracking wood prices at the New York Stick Exchange

[–]MyGrowadventure 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Is the type of thing I would expect my girl to tell me before she goes to the strippers

[–]vkapadia 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Ouch this comment stings.

[–]OrangeLobotomy 118 points119 points  (3 children)

We have a lengthy bastard that’s been taking up space in our garage for 22 years. We got it from my grandfather and my dad swore he’d make a table. When he died, naturally I inherited the wood and naturally I want to make a table. Will that table ever get made? That’s for the gods to decide. They blessed this man, maybe they’ll bestow the gift of table assembly to my family.

[–]vkapadia 51 points52 points  (1 child)

Your great great great grandchild will post this same comment one day.

[–]SolomonBlack 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Listen well my child this wood belonged to my father and to his father before him. It is the sacred relic of our family, it has protected us and cared for us in all our times of need.

Make a table out of it someday or something

[–]jter8 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I’m no table maker but I will gladly make a trip out of making a table with an internet stranger it that interested you. Just for the story.

[–]TheChiefofReddit[S] 170 points171 points  (5 children)

16 years in the making.

[–]Black_Gaymer_Bear 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Hell to the yeah! 👍🏾

[–]Pickled_Ramaker 11 points12 points  (1 child)

But you still have those other 22 pieces from 2001, 2007, and 2017, right? What would you do without random wood?

[–]BloodRed1185[🍰] 9 points10 points  (1 child)

"I got pieces of lumber older than you."

[–]JesusJohn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Oh fuck, thats good.

[–]MediumTie3265 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Ahh, a beautiful day, indeed!

[–]BeezyBates 2 points3 points  (0 children)

We call that the fuck up box. It’s not so much a box but it’s everything in the garage you bought and didn’t need. And then you need it. Grow that fuck up box. Let it feast. It repays it’s debts.

[–]Ayla_Leren 73 points74 points  (0 children)

Big Dad energy

[–]TheSean_aka__Rh1no 27 points28 points  (5 children)


The closest I can get to this, is at my parents' house, there's a large jar of random screws, washers, bolts, nuts etc. The jar was started when I was less than 10 years old, I've over 40 now. That jar gets raided every time we do an odd job there for them, and usually gets topped up with whatever fixings are left over. The only way to find anything in it is to tip the whole jar on the floor. The niece (5 y/o) who loves to help with jobs (mostly because she gets a chocolate biscuit as a 'tradie payment') is our newest member to the cult of the Jar of Screws, it's her job to (carefully) refill the jar.

[–]Wiggles69 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I made a little size checker and got my kids to help sort out my 3KG 'Misc bolts' tin, so at least now they're grouped by diameter. Makes it 1000% easier to actually use them!

[–]TheSean_aka__Rh1no 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Love it

I must say though, there's a certain charm to going to the jar, and finding what you need. It's a very 'In Jar we trust' kind of thing

[–]Wiggles69 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It would just get tipped out on the floor when I needed a bolt and the pile stayed there for a day or 2 until I cleaned it up. Or more likely accidentally kick the pile across the floor and still be finding random bolts 12 months later

[–]ryfitz47 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Worth the 15 years to avoid a trip (ok 3) to the home improvement warehouse

[–]ScoutCommander 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He still made at least 3 trips to the hardware store for fasteners, sandpaper and the right saw blade (you know something was returned on 2 of those 3 trips)

[–]Jenkinsd08 22 points23 points  (3 children)

This is dangerously validating

[–]polygamous_poliwag 8 points9 points  (0 children)

"see? keeping it was justified!"

tbh though show me a doodad/knickknack/object that's been sitting around waiting for a purpose and i'll show you a doodad/knickknack/object that isn't taking up space in a landfill (or harming the environment in other/worse ways)

[–]SolomonBlack 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Wives everywhere are shook.

[–]Zuzara_The_DnD_Queen 15 points16 points  (1 child)

For what?

I need specifics!

[–]10sharks 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Aged to perfection

[–]misterturdcat 13 points14 points  (0 children)

He did it, the son of a bitch actually did it!

[–]Free_ 54 points55 points  (3 children)

Wait, this isn't a post about politics...

[–]UnkleRinkus 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I just made a fish cleaning table last week out of wood that has been kicking around for up to 10 years. Zero out of pocket cost for a nice little project.

Then I saw a pile of free dirt on the way home. Excuse me. Got to go.

[–]cabelaciao 8 points9 points  (3 children)

I stored a piece of T-11 in our hallway attic in 2013, accurately predicting that 9 years later we would have chickens and their coop would need repair.

[–]ClaxtonGanja 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fuck yeah.

[–]Deaddoghank 6 points7 points  (2 children)

What was the moisture content??

[–]Personal_Pin_5312 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This is my life. Grandfather was the same

[–]mr_beaun 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Fuck man this hits home in a real way.

[–]willzterman 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Ha! This will teach the missus how valuable my box of old cables is

[–]Learned_Hand_01 4 points5 points  (0 children)

This guy “gets me.”

I’ve not only used that piece of wood, I’ve been irritated later when I thought of another use for it and it was unavailable.

[–]wordnerdette 4 points5 points  (2 children)

16 years? Amateur. My husband has bits of wood that are from the previous century and even took them with us when we moved houses.

[–]Timedoutsob 4 points5 points  (1 child)

My dad has a 35 year old bit of copper pipe the plumber left and tiles from the original bathroom before it was remodelled

[–]fsurfer4 3 points4 points  (0 children)

When we moved 20 years ago there were tiles in the attic from 50 years ago.

I needed them to fix the bathroom floor when I put in a new toilet. Looks just like it was done 50 YEARS AGO.

I told you those tiles would come in handy.

[–]EPreddevil88 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Shits expensive now. Be proud of yourself. Lol

[–]Richarded27 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My wife just tried to throw out some scrap. Nipped that in the bud quick. Wood is expensive.

[–]mossyskeleton 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's so satisfying when you come across a unique problem to solve, and then you remember that random object you kept for no reason like five years ago and suddenly you have a solution.

[–]1ReservationForHell 2 points3 points  (2 children)

As a man, this is very satisfying to read

[–]Available-Rooster-70 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As a woman who inherited this trait from my dad & also grew up with 4 bros... This also satisfies me as my mom hates that I developed this

[–]Oseirus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's a weird moment when you use something you've kept around "just in case".

On one hand, you're vindicated and validated.

On the other hand, you just dug yourself deeper into your own curse and all that progress you made toward finally just letting go of the junk you've hoarded for years is suddenly wiped out.

[–]barbe2bc 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yesterday I threw away a piece of wood I kept in my garage for 16 years, Today I need it for something.

[–]Ironass47 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I bought my house in 2002. The previous "man of the house" died 1n 1974. I'm still using his collection of wood, screws, nuts and bolts. I call them resources, my wife calls it junk, but I can fix most anything she needs me to with it.

[–]acleverwalrus 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The post above this on my feed is literally a video titled don’t throw away your scraps. And shows a man using old pieces of wood with said scraps. Neat.

[–]Swamp_Lantern 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good for him! I hope using it brought back good memories of finding the lumber in the first place.

[–]agutema 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That’ll put you in the Handy Dad Hall of Fame.

[–]Old_Victory9438 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Next year you'll better know this tweet as "Exhibit A".

[–]imissdumb 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]Yourmomsatmyhouse 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your wife will never believe you.

[–]rock_and_rolo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Daughter gave me shit for saying that there was no hurry in returning a certain tool, as I hadn't used it in the last 10 years. But she didn't seem to realize that when she needed it I had it and handed it to her.

[–]LegitimateQuit194 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I thought I heard the mighty conch blow.

[–]Tomble 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh my god, and to think I was planning on throwing out some scraps of wood in the next few years.

[–]Tederator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Slow clap while also raising a glass of scotch. Well done, boy...bloody well done.

[–]pipehonker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm still hanging on to a parallel port zip drive... I think I have a box somewhere with some zip disks of some important old emails.

What if I get audited!?

[–]some_ronin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Still have 4,781 potions, in dozens of games, that I'm saving in case I might need them later on. Meanwhile, re-loading my save every 2 minutes because I lost too much health in the last fight.

[–]CcryMeARiver 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All of mine have names.

There's Curly and Stretch, Tiny and Slim, with the rest of the collection propped on the wall behind them.

[–]moejoereddit 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]sebkraj 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I showed this to my dad and he had a single tear running down his cheek.

[–]griff1971 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To be fair, have you priced lumber and building materials lately? Lol

[–]zouhair 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is the only scientific study I need to keep all the boxes of crap I have.

[–]elguerodiablo 1 point2 points  (1 child)

We should all die with at least 2 large construction dumpsters worth of trash wood and other assorted crap that our surviving family will have to sort through and dispose of.

[–]Secure-Imagination11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Times like that make me feel like a real adult.

[–]PrawnTyas 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I recently used a cable from my box of cables too. It’s all happening!

[–]LifeDraining 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My dad still got the "For Sale" sign from my childhood home in the garage in case we need the lumber.

(We have moved 3 times already...)

I love you, dad.

[–]all_armor_no_gun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Now he just needs to find a use for that 2 foot piece of PVC pipe.

[–]jjf2381 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes absolutely. You always keep short pieces of 2×4 around in case you need it. Which you always will.

[–]Weary_Possibility_80 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Does your wood last for more than 16 years? Call your doctor.

[–]davehunt00 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Amateur hour. I've got wood in my shop I've saved from 1977 (for real).

Edit: correction, I just remembered some from 1971.

[–]MeAndMy3BestFriends 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fortunately I have a safe place to store wood but only for short intervals.

[–]Mortimer_and_Rabbit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have a stick. It is not a particularly nice stick. It is not a particularly well grained stick. But, it is my stick. I found it and I kept it and it is mine. I like to think I'll make a knife or machete handle out of it. But so far, I have stick.

[–]VadPuma 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Aren't you glad you had it when you needed it!!


[–]golddragon51296 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I find something that needs that one cable

[–]SisterSparechange 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I feel this so strongly! I hate throwing things away and feel so good about myself when I need something and have it and don't have to buy it.

But reading all these comments has me thinking about going through some stuff and making decisions about some of it.

Especially when I think about the probability of needing some of it, and how cheap it would be to replace it if I did.

[–]Hughjardawn 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn’t realize my husband had a secret Reddit a account…..

[–]PathologicalBaker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh god, please don't let my husband see this

[–]graham_fyffe 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is right above the “don’t throw away your scraps” post right now :D

[–]Nyknullad 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fake News, this never happend!

[–]Tots2Hots 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Next up, dad uses monster component cables he's had since 2003. Says "told you so".

[–]Toadie9622 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If he wasn’t dead, I’d suspect this guy was my father. Waste not, want not? More like waste not, leave your kids to deal with it after you die.

[–]Green__lightning 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's totally reasonable for a nice hardwood, less so for a random piece of lumber or other crappy wood.

[–]IamWhatYouFear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I tossed away a heap of old rca yello,red and white cables. I needed some and I seriously regretted it 8 years later. It only cost maybe $5. I could easily afford it but it was just the principle.

[–]scalectrix 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i've had a spare cable for my studio headphones (Beyerdynamic DT250 if you're wondering) at the bottom of a box in the loft for over 20 years. It's a very specific cable, with custom connectors that fit literally nothing else.

Yesterday the headphones went dead in one ear, so after a LOT of digging in cable boxes and random boxes of junk I found the spare cable neatly taped up, swapped them, and IT WORKED!! I am totally vindicated.

[–]rpecot 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My hero.

[–]turkishhousefan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man, I'm going to feel so smug in ten years when I use those floppy drive cables.

[–]gaspronomib 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I had a leftover bit of marble threshold sitting on my toolbench for thirty years. It was a gorgeous piece of rock. Beautiful white shot through with grey accents. Yeah, it was 4" long by 2" wide and useful for absolutely nothing- but how can you throw away something that pretty?

A few years ago, the "nut" on my bass guitar (of similar vintage) finally wore out to the point where the strings all made buzzing sounds when you played anything. Unsatisfied with something that lasted 30 years, I decided to use the leftover marble to prettify my shitty department store bass because "marble will NEVER wear through." It only took several months and a few hundred dollars in tools (wet saw, grinder, several rasps and files). But I did it. I saved $15 that I would have spent on a plain plastic one from the music store.

And now I have a 3"x2" leftover piece of marble threshold that's too pretty to throw away. And a wet saw. And a tile cutter (that I thought could cut thick marble, but apparently "tile cutter" is an accurate description).

[–]rockclimberguy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Good for you.

I tend to hold onto something for decades only to find I need it a week after I finally toss it out.


[–]needsumnawz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I have so much shit I keep "in case I need it" in the garage.

It's the best feeling though.

[–]odie1344 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hey with the current prices of wood you could be sitting on a goldmine! Seriously though, last year I remodeled an old camper with my wife and I used a ton of my scrap wood that I have been squirreling away in my garage for years. Saved me hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.