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Old 03/18/13, 07:12 PM
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Any use for old tires/rims?

DH and I cleaned out an area the PO used as a dump, included in all the junk were 4-5 various sized tires that are bald but DH says they still have 'good rims'. I know nothing about tires (obviously ), could they be something anyone would have a use for? I hate to throw out anything that has any possibility of being reused.

Also, there are several bundles (?) of barbed wire that have been in the weather several years, not too rusty though....useable?

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Old 03/18/13, 08:02 PM
 
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The barb wire is used for fencing and is as good as new wire. The rims and tires could be soled for trailer tires. Everybody needs a spare.

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Rims can also be sold for scrap.

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Old 03/18/13, 08:34 PM
 
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Scrap iron if nothing else.

Rims can have a 5-10 value if some one needs that size.

Kinda bald works on farm wagons and stuff. 15 inch is becoming rare, used to be the common ones, but pickups all changed, now we scramble to find 15 inch. Weather checked or truly bald might not be worth anything. In any case worth is a relative thing, not going to make money on them, just a few bucks.

I've wound out and rewound the same spools of barbed wire for grazing my cattle on the cornstalks for 40 years. It can work fine for decades. On the other hand when the galvanizing wears off and it gets rusty and brittle, it will break and that's it, done for.

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Old 03/18/13, 08:39 PM
 
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As stated, rims in good shape should be able to be sold for spares or scrap fairly easily. We just cleaned out our dairy barn this last weekend preparatory to a remodel and used some old tires for potato planters.

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I fell in love with these rusty rims turned into a succlent container....

http://www.faroutflora.com/2010/04/0...ns-containers/

Love this idea for swings from tires...

http://pinterest.com/pin/56295064064443949/

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Old 03/18/13, 08:57 PM
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tires and rims work good for keeping things off the ground (like hay bales) or keeping things down (like tarps)

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I use an old rim mounted on the wall in the barn to coil a garden hose on.

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Tires are also pretty handy for feeding a few flakes of hay on the ground, keeps em from getting all spread out so it doesn't get wasted and your animal doesn't eat as much sand/dirt.

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Down here in south FL we have a lot of wooden fences. People like to put flower beads next to them, of course wet dirt on wood, even presser treated, means rot. I collect tire treads; the big wide ones from the semis are best, I tack them along the inside of the fence and then build up the flower bed. They make a great water barrier.
The main sight for any interstate construction will have a trash pile, a great place to look and a lot safer than getting out of the car on the high-way. I also find lumber that was used and then discarded.

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Great ideas everyone. Our local land fill wont take old tires unless they are cut up and you have to shlep them to a rather distant recycling center so as a consequence there are lots of old tires laying about looking unsightly. Its good to get some ideas on how to put things like this to use.

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Old 03/19/13, 06:49 AM
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Heavy wheel rims are sometimes used as a base for post mounted tools (e.g. grinders, polishers, barbeques, compressors, clay target throwers).

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I paid $25 for a rim for my car. The other junk yard wanted $45.

I also sold a bunch of rims that I cut off the tires that renters left at my place. I got enough for scrap to pay for 1/2 of the sawzall that I used to cut the tires off.

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tires make good goat enrichment toys.

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Old 03/19/13, 07:55 PM
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What good ideas - I was looking to give them away, but now I think I'll keep them and use them here.....I always wanted a tire swing

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Old 03/19/13, 08:02 PM
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pinterest... always good ideas to be found there

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Tires make a good sandbox, and rims good fire pits.

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Tires help with a Big bonfire at night. Dont do this during the day, too much black smoke.

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