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    I got a new PC case for one of my new machines and was going to throw out the old case, but the metal grill caught my eye. It was easy to get off, so I thought I'd keep it. I don't know exactly what I'll use it for, but it looks like it could be a good sort of modern fence or some sort of building material, or even a load for a flat car. I don't know - but the point is look at everything you throw out because it might be useful!

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    Cool -- on the topic of computer salvage, there must be tons of components that could be salvaged from old computers for our train layouts (speakers, power supplies, cooling fans, etc...).

    one example, I wonder if anyone has used Keyboard boxes to store trains? Seem thick enough so store freight cars between a couple of thin layers of foam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nskale View Post
    I thought I'd keep it. I don't know exactly what I'll use it for,
    And now it begins.
    I have a whole garage full of stuff like that, so much that I forget what I have. Still I keep doing it and every once in awhile I find someway to use something.

    It does look like it could be some sort of fence or barrier though.

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    I'm always on the lookout for things that could be repurposed on the layout....and even the Mrs. has joined in the hunt
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    What scale-size are the holes in that grate?

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    My entire layout is powered by a pair of 400 Watt computer power supplies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mac View Post
    What scale-size are the holes in that grate?
    N scale ruler says about 6 inches. Some industrial building designs use stuff like that on the outside for looks (see pic). I've also seen bus stops that use similar deco materials for the enclosure. I'll use it for something I'm sure.



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    I love finding ways to use odd bits and pieces. Some of them make their way onto my buildings as odd roof equipment or AC units. Others I bash into loads for flats or gondolas.

    A few examples...

    Made from part of a printer roller, a cable-end protector, and a plug socket from something-or-other:



    These were made from some track light end caps:



    Small capacitors as rooftop vents:



    Fishing rods from found cat whiskers:

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    Fishing rods from found cat whiskers:
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    Like the capacitor vents!

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    pretty much all my signage comes from junk mail

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    If I already have it, don't have to buy it and it can be used for "something", then it's a keeper ... just in case. "It" being anything. For example, staples are great for fences when you put them in end to end.
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    I always check the toy area of the local Thrift shops. I have found several nice little gear boxes for less than a dollar. Just got one yesterday to run my waterwheel on my sawmill I am working on. Not to mention all the stuff with sound and light boards.
    Why is every thing in the last place you look?

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