Successes and Failures Giving Away Wood

One ad has been up two weeks, and no luck so far. The other freebie went in hours. What are the differences?

The chair was taken quickly. The cut wood has been there for two weeks. I’m the only person taking twigs and wood.

I think emphasizing that the chair was clean helped. Most curbside chairs are pretty gross. This one was picked off the curb, and then reupholstered, using recycled materials. I just had one too many chairs, so gave this away.

The twigs, I suspect, aren’t that relevant to the average person.

I use them in the grill. Basically, you just make charcoal with them. These aren’t that great for charcoal, but you get some time on the flames. You can use the big flames to roast chiles.

Simple To Do List

I use electronic to-do lists like Google Keep, but I also use simple paper ones, and these tend to work out better for day-to-day lists.

I have pads all over the place, and also use scraps from the mail, trash, and pulled out of my notebooks.

At the end of day, or start of day, I combine them. I stick them together with tape and glue.

By putting things on paper, I don’t need to hold onto them in my mind.

They’re easier to rearrange and reschedule.

Tool Lists

Make lists of tools needed to complete a task. This way, you don’t waste time pausing work, or end up buying extra tools.

Paperwork Lists

If I’m going to need some paperwork, or an ID, or a specific card, I sometimes need to write that down as well, just so I don’t forget.

Shopping Lists

These end up on scraps of paper, as well, but eventually end up in a master list that goes on the phone. I check these when I go shopping.

Calendar

I use Google Calendar, because it has alarms.

Time critical work gets on the calendar.

I generally try not to do more than three real work tasks per day.

Getting Rid of CRT TVs

Getting rid of these TVs is pretty hard, but it can be done.

The typical way is to put it on the curb, but that’s not likely to work anymore. I see TVs trashed and damaged, and guess who gets to clean up the broken glass?

The trick is to know the markets. There are very, very few:

  • Video gamers who want a small tv to play old games.
  • Photo and film productions that need an old TV to indicate “1990s”.
  • CRT TV enthusiasts, may want a large one.
  • People who want a free TV and will take anything.

The main advantage of giving it away or selling it, rather than placing it out, is that someone else will come by to help move the TV.

Here’s a TV that ended up being used for a photo shoot. I hope they resold it. It’s a nice TV.

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