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Offline Bob D.

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What can I use this tubing for?
« on: August 26, 2022, 05:12 PM »
Our patio umbrella is heading for the dump. We never use it and the umbrella itself is faded and starting to show it's age, so the Wife wants it gone. But I was thinking that tubing might be of use. I didn't measure but it's about 50mm in diameter.

Ours is very similar to this one with the curved tube that supports the umbrella.

Right now ours is all folded up and in the back of my truck ready take a long ride from which it will never return or I would show you a photo of it. But I'm not dragging it off the truck for that so you'll have to settle for this pic.

Anyway was thinking about a boom arm or maybe overarm dust collection on the table saw or something like that. The steel tubing is in good shape.

Any ideas other than leave it on the truck?

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2022, 05:22 PM »
What's wrong with simply having a supply of stuff "that you might need someday" just in case?

Purely intellectual speculation of course.  [poke]

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Offline Packard

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2022, 05:44 PM »
Just hang onto it.  And especially the pivots and clamps.  A use will pop up some time and then you will wish you had it.  You can always buy additional tubing.  But the pivot and clamp would be hard to find.

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2022, 05:52 PM »
camera mount for videos [cool]

Offline Yardbird

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2022, 07:38 PM »
Throw it away.  In a week you will have half a dozen uses. 

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2022, 07:53 PM »
I'd repurpose it into some kind of a patio/ cantilevered lamp, with the lamp in mission style perhaps, or in Japanese fashion. If you have a Domino Joiner, that'd be an easy peasy project. Or, hang an outdoor (metal) lantern if you don't want to build.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2022, 07:56 PM by ChuckS »

Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2022, 09:13 PM »
That's just way to handy to toss, numerous uses, suspended light as others have said, swinging drinks table, side table for the BBQ, etc, etc!

Offline Bob D.

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2022, 10:17 PM »
What's wrong with simply having a supply of stuff "that you might need someday" just in case?

Purely intellectual speculation of course.  [poke]

Rmw

I've got too much of that now and not enough life left in me to use even half of it. I have to pick and choose what I hang on to now. It's time to start weeding out those things I don't use and sell, give away or haul o the dump. That's why I put my Multimaster up for sale. I have two others and no way I need three oscillating tools so I'll keep the Festool and sell the Fein.

but yeas, I could and may salvage that tubing for a future project. I have been on the lookout for a kids swing set. Those can yield some thin wall steel tubing that is good for lots of projects. Buying a used one just for the tubing and trashing the rest will be way cheaper than buying all that tubing from Fazzios. :-)
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Offline hdv

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2022, 07:12 AM »
Would it be possible to remake it into a boom arm for your workshop?

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2022, 08:51 AM »
I was thinking along those lines, maybe even using the tube as pipe and not just a support for a hose. That long curved piece of tube seems like it might have a future in that direction.

I'll probably do as Richard suggests and break it down into the usable parts and trash the rest, then find a place to stash it until I determine I have no use for it and throw the rest away. :-)
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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #10 on: August 27, 2022, 09:47 AM »
Yea, I pity whoever ends up unraveling my estate. Lots of "What the heck was he thinking???" & "You gotta be kidding???".  [big grin]

More pressing issue is figuring out where I put That Thing on the rare instances I end up needing That Thing.

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #11 on: August 27, 2022, 09:58 AM »
"More pressing issue is figuring out where I put That Thing on the rare instances I end up needing That Thing."

Don't think it's just you, I have that problem too. :-(
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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #12 on: August 27, 2022, 01:39 PM »
Glad to know I am not alone in my shop of waiting-to-be-found-treasures.  [embarassed]

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #13 on: August 27, 2022, 02:10 PM »
Ya I've got more "gems" squirreled away in the shop than my wife has in her jewelry box.  [drooling]  So, I've been seriously cutting back on collecting more of the stuff. It reminds me of my neighbor that needed more storage at the lake so we built him a 30' x 40' "horse barn". When he filled that up he then constructed a 30' x 100' "outbuilding". Well that's nearly filled now and he's only 63 years old, I'll bet there's another extra building in his future.  [smile]

Reminds me of yesterday, I was at the local supermarket talking with a retired police officer friend that's hired for security and an old "Geezer" shuffled up to us and said, "Sorry for breaking into this conversation, but which one of us, do you think, will die first?" And then he shuffled off...

Well I still think I'm in my 50's but that short question certainly shattered my bubble.  [jawdrop]





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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #14 on: August 27, 2022, 03:25 PM »
 @Cheese i think the correct response to that question would have been, “ You are if you keep asking people questions like that. “

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2022, 08:56 PM »
@Cheese i think the correct response to that question would have been, “ You are if you keep asking people questions like that. “

Ya that's funny Ron...as a matter of fact as he walked away, I called him, smiled and said well I sure as heck hope it's not me...he just smiled and shuffled along.

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2022, 09:12 PM »
Reminds me of yesterday, I was at the local supermarket talking with a retired police officer friend that's hired for security and an old "Geezer" shuffled up to us and said, "Sorry for breaking into this conversation, but which one of us, do you think, will die first?" And then he shuffled off...

Well I still think I'm in my 50's but that short question certainly shattered my bubble.  [jawdrop]

Wow! So this is what I've got to look forward to in a few years, random people coming up to ask when I'll die! :-(

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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2022, 09:32 PM »
Wow! So this is what I've got to look forward to in a few years, random people coming up to ask when I'll die! :-(

Let's hope not... [smile]...Well it was certainly a strange moment but then again there have been multiple strange moments within the last 6 years...A very strange 6 years indeed.



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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2022, 10:38 PM »
How about a boom for a vacuum tube? Early this year and at the end of last year I had a dumpster brought into my home. I filled it up twice with stuff that sat unused and scrap for a decade or two. Naturally, over the last few months, I have been looking for that piece that would be perfect for what I was doing, only to realize it went to the dump.
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Re: What can I use this tubing for?
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2022, 07:52 AM »
Reminds me of yesterday, I was at the local supermarket talking with a retired police officer friend that's hired for security and an old "Geezer" shuffled up to us and said, "Sorry for breaking into this conversation, but which one of us, do you think, will die first?" And then he shuffled off...

Well I still think I'm in my 50's but that short question certainly shattered my bubble.  [jawdrop]

Wow! So this is what I've got to look forward to in a few years, random people coming up to ask when I'll die! :-(

If you're lucky. If not no one will even notice you're there so never miss you when you're gone.
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