My activities to be more indepemdent and maybe break free. Oct 27, 2018 14:14:07 GMT -5 GeekGoddess and saarinista like this
Post by Handy on Oct 27, 2018 14:14:07 GMT -5
I have owned a one man repair business (me only) since the mid 1990's and have done a lot of low priced repairs to office equipment. To help keep prices low and have parts on hand, I have saved old equipment to salvage usable parts. I also has a decent, in the beginning, supply of new parts and supplies when I started my business. Back in the "good old days" there weren't that many different machines so I could fix or service devices in a short time. Fast forward 15 years from me starting my business, the variety/model numbers of devices grew so fast I couldn't stock enough parts and supplies except for the top 1/3 rd of the popular devices. Starting off, I did some computer work but that segment changed so fast i decided to stick to only the hardware to print, or copy documents and some other minor areas.
OK, so I now have 20+ years of parts machines I am taking to the salvage yard and getting $00.04 cents a pound, which is salvage car body prices because there are a lot of other materials in cars that have to be separated and hauled to the landfill, which the recycler has to pay to dump. My W wants me to rent a big dumpster and just throw everything in the land fill. I want the recyclable metals (steel, copper, aluminum, and etc metals to be put back to use. So I am doing it my way just because i see so much waste and self-centered people not caring about future generations.
Also, the mother and logic-control boards in electronic devices have lead in them and that is a hazardous material which get recycled properly if I sell my junk to the recycle company. If it goes to the landfill, the lead eventually gets into the ground water. Old CTR monitors no one wants have lead in the picture tube so I get rid of them the best way I can.
If or when I say I am done, at least I won't have the additional burden of sorting out the junk from what might have some value or be usable.
Most of the machines I took to the recycler still work if there weren't parts missing, but no one wants the machines if they were whole. I got them for free or paid very little for them. I sold lots of parts many years ago so it was a good move at the time but not anymore. If I add up the new purchase price of what went to the recycler, I would say it would add up to $50K, and I got maybe $100 so far. I still use some devices that were built in 1994 because they are so durable they only need minor maintenance and i have the supplies to operate the device that cost me $0.06 on the dollar, compared to the manufacture's retail price.
I am mostly posting this to say I need to have my side of the street clean before I can feel free enough to think/do something about ending my 50 yr marriage. It took me over 10 yrs to collect enough to make the used parts of the business to pay off so I have a lot of time and emotions in most of the junk I am getting rid of.
I also got a name of a divorce attorney from a business associate.
I realize I am being overly cautious about all of this.