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Old 09-06-2013, 10:29 PM
 
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I think tooth paste is way to expensive to use as a cleaner.
You are not cleaning, you're polishing. You'd only use this on hard surfaces where you have fine scratches or you need to lightly remove material to get a surface back to new. For example I suggested you could use it on headlights, modern headlight covers are plastic and they oxidize turning them a yellow or whitish color but this is only on the surface. No amount of cleaning is going to fix that, you'll have a perfectly clean yellow light. You need to remove the yellowed plastic. Toothpaste contains fine grains hence the reason it feels gritty in your mouth and if the oxidation is not that great it will remove enough of it to make them clear again, your results will vary. If they are heavily oxidized the toothpastes isn't going to work and you need to move to sandpaper and regular polishing compound.

Other things you might use it for is glass and plastic watch faces that are finely scratched, jewelry, a scratched CD that will no longer play, etc.
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Old 09-07-2013, 08:51 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Well, of course you can make a patchwork quilt by cutting up old clothes into squares and stitching them together. Make a backing out of muslin--or maybe use a sheet-- and put an old blanket in between, then use a quilting stitch to hold it all together. Like our grandmothers did all the time. Gets you a nice quilt and saves a blanket that maybe is frayed around the edges. You can make nice patchwork pillows too out of leftover clothing cut up.

I still tear old pillowcases into narrow strips for tying the tomato plants to the stake. No need to BUY special ties for tomatoes.

We made a soaker hose out of a regular hose that had a hole in it. Just punched more holes. dh used an old wide car rim to make a holder for the hose. That's if you don't want to go out and buy something. He attached it to the back of the house--you have to wrap the hose up yourself though, no windup handle.

Don't ever BUY a box to put something in, MAKE a box from an old box by cutting it up and folding it up to the size you want and taping it together with wide tape. Great for mailing things where some people would actually spend money on an empty box.

I have a denim tote bag that someone made out of a pair of old jeans or a denim skirt but I have no idea how they did it. They were good at sewing. Then they did embroidery on it!
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I accumulate way too many old t-shirts for the rag adaptation. But I imagine a more creative type would find all sorts of uses of the cloth if reduced to smaller sizes.
If you are super creative, and can knit or crochet, you can cut the shirts into strips crosswise, and the strips will curl. They you can knit or crochet with the t-shirt yarn. I've never done this, you understand. But I have seen it done.

But I'd do a Google search before starting the project.
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Old 09-07-2013, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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Well, of course you can make a patchwork quilt by cutting up old clothes into squares and stitching them together. Make a backing out of muslin--or maybe use a sheet-- and put an old blanket in between, then use a quilting stitch to hold it all together. Like our grandmothers did all the time. Gets you a nice quilt and saves a blanket that maybe is frayed around the edges. You can make nice patchwork pillows too out of leftover clothing cut up.

I still tear old pillowcases into narrow strips for tying the tomato plants to the stake. No need to BUY special ties for tomatoes.

We made a soaker hose out of a regular hose that had a hole in it. Just punched more holes. dh used an old wide car rim to make a holder for the hose. That's if you don't want to go out and buy something. He attached it to the back of the house--you have to wrap the hose up yourself though, no windup handle.

Don't ever BUY a box to put something in, MAKE a box from an old box by cutting it up and folding it up to the size you want and taping it together with wide tape. Great for mailing things where some people would actually spend money on an empty box.

I have a denim tote bag that someone made out of a pair of old jeans or a denim skirt but I have no idea how they did it. They were good at sewing. Then they did embroidery on it!
If I have a box that is the right size, I often turn it inside out to use as a mailer. Just cut the tape that holds the box together, and turn. Retape or use hot glue to stick the box back together.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
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My ex wife has finally mastered the art of vegetable gardening so it appears that there is a new use for old things.
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Old 09-07-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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Not sure if this is what the OP means but, in recent years, it seems that all I do is to use old things for new uses. About five years ago, my wife and I bought an old west Texas High Plains farm (ca 1920/30s) that we plan to retire to. I have already retired to it. We're definitely not going to farm the place as it was intended.

Off the top of my head, I also use on the farm the following things for purposes for which they were not intended:

1. An old steel car wheel as a water hose reel. (someone has already mentioned this use.)
2. Used solid-core doors as shop table tops.
3. An old chicken house was converted to a garage for my trailers and tractors.
4. I've also converted the original "homestead" 2-room building to a storage barn with a workshop.
5. We use a 8'X8' heavily insulated locker room in one of the barns (prob. used for storing meat in the past) for a dry and very secure storage room.
6. For storing nuts and bolts, I use a half set of large tractor discs welded to a floor stand and stood on its end with the concave side of the discs pointing upward.
7. I use the bed from a 1940 Ford pickup truck as a tow trailer behind my 1949 and 1952 tractors which are definitely not being used for what they were intended.

I could go on and on if I just took a walk through this place but there are some of my uses of some old things for which they were not intended.
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