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    Default Great find at Home Depot

    I just had to share this. Last week I was walking into Home Depot and notice a weed eater sticking out of the trash can. I knew immediately what had happened. Just to be sure, I asked the girl at the front desk.
    She said that a customer had the weed eater for a little over 30 days and they have a 30 day return policy. Enough said, I asked if I could salvage it.
    I didn't get a chance to look at it until yesterday. A mud dauber (or what ever you call it) had built a little mud nest in the muffler.
    Cleaned it out, poured a little gas in it and it started on the 2nd pull. What a deal.
    If only this guy would have the same problem with his "0" radius riding mower or something.
    I kinda feel guilty but the guy threw it in the trash, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

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    I've had my chain saw for over 12 years....
    Recently, I had a lightening strike a very large Bradford Pear tree in my front yard. The tree split right down the middle and luckily fell to the street side.

    Well, It had been a few years since I last used my chain saw and I figured I'd have to clean'er up and that would do it--- Naaaaaaa. She was looking for that untouched forest in the sky....

    Anyway, this gave me the opportunity to run down to the Lowes't place down the road to look for another one. I picked out a Poulan 20" 'er and felt like Paul Freaking Bunyon ready to go to work. Having to basically assembly the freaking thing, I finally got er up and running. The thing worked like a champ, making short work out of a full yard or debris (a full half a tree that was 40' high).

    I had every thing cut to where It could be stacked pretty neat for the shreader and I noticed that I had left several of the limbs a bit too long on one side. Now, everything is done (complete) and all I have to do is cut this one last section in to two...

    I start that sucker up and get 9/10th's thru the thickness when the chainsaw dies. I have but less than an inch to saw. I then try to start that sucker with one more pull when the pull cord and re-coil spring jumps off track--- the pull cord is now fully extended and will not recoil.

    Now, I just bought this sucker 3 hours before hand and now it's down. Looking at what was left to cut, I jumped down on it with my body weight-- it broke.

    I then took the chainsay back to the Lowes't place around and got a full credit on my card. I was out nothing.

    Worked out pretty well...


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    Default Re: Great find at Home Depot

    I didn' know that about Home Depot. I'll start checking out the trash cans from now on. What a deal!

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    2 years ago, I went to the local HomeWreckers store to buy a paint sprayer. Not willing to shell out $180.00 for one, I bought a cheaper one. On the way home, just by chance, I stopped at the Habitat Re Store. Lo and behold, there was the more expensive model sprayer, priced at $5.00. Label said parts only, guy at the desk said it was probably just clogged. I bought it, took it home, took it apart and sure enough, it was clogged. it even came with the part needed to make it work.
    This sprayer was bought and returned to Home Depot and then sent to Habitat.
    My gain, Home Depot's loss!

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    Default Re: Great find at Home Depot

    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M Jones View Post
    I stopped at the Habitat Re Store.
    Never heard of that before, what is it?

    Jerry Peck
    Construction/Litigation/Code Consultant - Retired

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    Habitat for Humanity is a wold-wide organisation, building homes for disadvantaged peoples. To fund part of their work, they have opened up retail outlets across North America. These stores, called ReStore take donations of un wanted or un needed construction material and other things new and used. When something is returned to Home Depot, at least here in Canada, rather than ship it back to the manufacturer, it gets sent to a central warehouse and then given to Habitat by the truckload. Each store manager drives to toronto and piocks up goos for sale in their store.
    building of these homes is done all by volunteers, with donated labor and with materials either bought from donations or donated directly.
    Hope this Helps

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    Fletcher, NC

    Default Re: Great find at Home Depot

    I know what Habitat for Humanity is, never heard of that other place, though, Habitat Re Store.

    Jerry Peck
    Construction/Litigation/Code Consultant - Retired

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    These are the Re Store's in the state of Florida

    Home >> Learn About Habitat >> Construction and Environmental
    Habitat ReStore Directory - Florida

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    City/Restore NameAddressContactApopka
    Home Store, HFH of Gtr Apopka 2001 N Rock Springs Rd
    Apopka, FL Phone: (407) 880-8852
    Arcadia-DeSoto Co. HFH Re-Sale Store 33 W Magnolia St
    Arcadia, FL Phone: (863) 494-4118
    Big Pine Key
    HFH Home Center of Key West 30320 Overseas Hwy
    Big Pine Key, FL Phone: (305) 872-4456
    Fax: (305) 872-4404
    Boca Raton
    South Palm Bch Co HFH Restore
    272 S Dixie Hwy
    Boca Raton, FL Phone: (561) 362-7284
    Fax: (561) 362-7286
    Flagler HFH Home Store 312 S State St
    Bunnell, FL Phone: (386) 437-9855
    Washington Co (FL) HFH Thrift Store 808 Main St
    Chipley, FL Phone: (850) 415-5600
    Space Coast HFH Thrift Shop 333 E King St
    Cocoa, FL 32922-4607Phone: (321) 454-3890
    Dade City
    East Pasco HFH ReStore 14940 Citrus Country Dr
    Dade City, FL Phone: (352) 523-2020
    Fax: (352) 523-2021
    Daytona Beach
    Halifax Habitat Home Store 695 Mason Ave
    Daytona Beach, FL Phone: (386) 226-2006
    Fax: (386) 271-9990
    West Volusia Bargain Barn
    604 S Spring Garden Ave
    Deland, FL 32720-6671Phone: (386) 734-7268
    Fort Lauderdale
    Broward Co, Habitat Restore of
    513 W Broward Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-1743Phone: (954) 763-7771
    Fax: (954) 763-7771
    Fort Pierce
    St Lucie Habitat Blders Barn 2904 Okeechobee Rd
    Fort Pierce, FL Phone: (772) 460-6336
    Fort Walton Beach
    Okaloosa Co HFH Thrift Shop 311 South Ave
    Fort Walton Beach, FL Phone: (850) 862-3769
    Alachua Habitat Resale Store 2317 SW 13th St
    Gainesville, FL 32608-2006Phone: (352) 373-5728
    Fax: (352) 371-5871
    Lake County HFH Thrift Store (Clermont) 7432 W Hwy 50 Ste 112
    Groveland, FL Phone: (352) 243-8330
    Fax: (352) 243-8332
    Citrus County HFH FL Home Store
    3685 E Forest Dr
    Inverness, FL 34453-0787Phone: (352) 341-1800
    Fax: (352) 341-0824
    Habijax-Home Store 8159 Arlington Expwy
    Jacksonville, FL Jupiter
    Palm Beach Co, Thrift Store of 1635 N Old Dixie Hwy
    Jupiter, FL Phone: (561) 743-3660
    Fax: (561) 743-5877
    Lake County HFH Thrift Store (Leesburg) 200 N Lone Oak Dr
    Leesburg, FL 34748-4715Phone: (352) 728-6366
    Fax: (352) 728-4834
    Jackson County HFH Thrift Store (Malone) 5404 10th St
    Malone, FL Phone: (850) 569-5493
    Jackson County HFH Thrift Store (Marianna) 4441 Jackson St
    Marianna, FL Phone: (850) 482-7997
    Brevard Co, Inc. Restore; HFH 4450-L Enterprise Ct
    Melbourne, FL Phone: (321) 255-5950
    HFH Restore of North Miami 3800 NW 22nd Ave
    Miami, FL Phone: (305) 637-4913
    Fax: (305) 637-4953
    HFH Restore of South Miami 19100 SW 106th Ave Unit 18
    Miami, FL Phone: (305) 259-2891
    Fax: (305) 251-1144
    Clay County Home Improvement Thrift Store
    1707 Blanding Blvd
    Middleburg, FL Phone: (904) 282-7590
    Fax: (904) 282-7591
    Collier County Habitat Home Store 11145 Tamiami Trl E
    Naples, FL Phone: (239) 732-6388
    Fax: (239) 775-0047
    New Port Richey
    West Pasco HFH ReStore
    3531 Grand Blvd
    New Port Richey, FL Phone: (727) 843-8786
    Fax: (727) 843-9001
    New Smyrna Beach
    Southeast Volusia Habitat Thrift Shop
    722 S Dixie Fwy
    New Smyrna Beach, FL Phone: (386) 428-5010
    Fax: (386) 427-4352
    North Fort Myers
    Lee County HFH Retail Thrift Store 1288 N Tamiami Trl
    North Fort Myers, FL Phone: (239) 652-0388
    Ocala HFH ReStore 911 N Magnolia Ave
    Ocala, FL 34475-5109Phone: (352) 401-0075
    Orange City
    Southwest Volusia Thrift Shop 196 W Blue Springs Ave
    Orange City, FL 32763-6510Phone: (386) 774-0083
    Orlando Area Habitat Home Store
    2105 N Orange Blossom Trl
    Orlando, FL Phone: (407) 426-7192
    Fax: (407) 426-7859
    Pensacola HFH HomeStore 5810 N Palafox St
    Pensacola, FL Phone: (850) 476-0001
    Punta Gorda
    Charlotte County Habitat ReSale Store 1750 Manzana Ave
    Punta Gorda, FL 33950-6049Phone: (941) 639-0586
    Fax: (691) 639-7414
    Saint Petersburg
    Pinellas HFH ReStore 3071 118th Ave N
    Saint Petersburg, FL Phone: (727) 209-2199
    Seminole County HFH Thrift Store 1100 Americana Blvd
    Sanford, FL 32773-8027Phone: (407) 688-8874
    Fax: (407) 688-6648
    Sarasota HFH Home Improvement Outlet
    1757 East Ave N
    Sarasota, FL Phone: (941) 363-0777
    Fax: (941) 363-7775
    Highlands County HFH ReStore 137 S Commerce St
    Sebring, FL Phone: (863) 385-7111
    Tallahassee Restore HFH
    2921 Roberts Rd
    Tallahassee, FL Phone: (850) 504-3939
    Hillsborough Co. HFH Home Improvement Center
    3738 E Hillsborough Ave
    Tampa, FL Phone: (813) 237-1978
    Fax: (813) 237-1967
    South Sarasota Co ReStore, HFH
    1400 Ogden Rd
    Venice, FL Phone: (941) 493-0529
    Vero Beach
    Indian River Habitat Home Ctr
    Vero Beach, FL Phone: (772) 257-0222
    Fax: (772) 257-0218
    West Palm Beach
    Palm Beach Co. ReStore 1225 S Military Trl
    West Palm Beach, FL Phone: (561) 304-0222
    Sumter County HFH Homestore 6761 County Road 149
    Wildwood, FL Phone: (352) 330-0881
    Fax: (352) 330-2027
    Winter Haven
    East Polk HFH Home Improv. Supplies Store 3550 Recker Hwy
    Winter Haven, FL Phone: (863) 292-2256
    Fax: (863) 292-2257

    Navigate through Habitat for Humanity Int'l to find ReStore's and affilliates in the US and Canada

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    Thanks for the info. but I'm in Texas land. Where in Florida are you located? My wife is from Key West.

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    I am in Ontario, Canada. My wife hails from Houston. Matter of fact she's there right now visitin' kinfolk. then on to Georgia for more visitin'

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    Default Re: Great find at Home Depot

    Weed eater update: the trashed weed eater works great, but it has that auto feed thing so you don't have to tap it on the sidewalk to expand the line.
    I don't know if I really like that feature, sure glad that other guy bought it.
    But, I sure won't be throwing it away, it'll make a great stand by if something happens to my other one.

    Which reminds me, I can't believe I forgot to mention this. I was helping a friend clean out a shed that he was going to tear down. He said everything goes to the dump. I asked, what about these two weed eaters? He said they both go, the newest one was never used because it wouldn't start. I tossed the old one and took the new one home. I dumped the poorly mixed gas and added my own, that fixed it. I have been using it for about 3 years now.
    At this rate I may never purchase a weed eater again.


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