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Posted: 9/22/2011 5:57:11 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/22/2011 5:57:11 AM EST by Quarterbore]
Today I found a roll of 'ice and water shield' and some copper drip edge. I'll use them to make some fancy beehive tops.

Found several life jackets a while ago.

When I was a kid, I always thought that one of the 'fringe benefits' of any job that involves driving was the things you find.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 12:28:44 PM EST
A $20 bill.

Got out of a cab on Lexington Avenue in NYC near Grand Central Station, looked down, and picked it up.

Paid for cab fare and more.



Link Posted: 9/18/2011 12:29:38 PM EST
Over the course of fifteen miles on 54H (IIRC) in the Rockies, I found around 75' of logging chain in 3 pieces. Put ads in the paper but nobody ever claimed them. Still have two of them, 25 years later. Next best was a steel trailer ramp along I75. Only the one, but it works great for the big motorcycles.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 12:38:04 PM EST
Half full propane tank, 20LB style, with the old style valve.

Used the rest of the propane, then did a "trade in refill" at the local wally world and got a brand spankin new one.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 12:51:11 PM EST
Middle of the night driving hone from work I came across three skids/flats/cages if live chickens...
There was a big poultry processing plant nearby.

Having no need for 30+ live chickens I decided to set 'em free.
Stupid birds didn't have a clue. They just stayed in their crates clucking like the pathetic losers they were.

No.. I didn't choke any of 'em.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 12:53:14 PM EST
Chain saw!
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 12:53:14 PM EST
Lately.....2 blue plastic K1 5 gal cans....1 was full.

Best ever.....2 new 3500# axles with tires, brakes, and springs......the box with the hangers and hardware had "FREE" wrote on the side....just sitting there....I knocked on the door....The older fellow wanted to build a trailer...never did....wanted to move car inside garage for winter....he had got it at an auction.

Coolest....."Back to the Future" DeLorean (spell??) go cart w/o motor....but all the lights worked...the rims even looked right....
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 1:05:54 PM EST
i've found a few boats in the desert... didn't haul them home.

spare change, jewlery and more than a few lost car keys in those magnetic "Hide A Key" pices of junk.

various tools, the junk gets moved along or put in the junk tools box, the good stuff gets added to the regular tool boxes. had a frind who found a bra=ionze crescent wrench which was very cool, was non sparking for use in explosive atmospheres. not sure what one of those runs today.

found a fill set of wheels from an Eagle sports car. the rims were ugly and chewed up, with no center caps and the tires were worn, but i had Costco pull the tires (no charge, not even for dosposal) and took the rims to recycling and got $80 for the aluminum.

beer, wine coolers.

Link Posted: 9/18/2011 1:28:00 PM EST
Smith & Wesson shotgun
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 1:35:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By fixer:


various tools, the junk gets moved along or put in the junk tools box, the good stuff gets added to the regular tool boxes. had a frind who found a bra=ionze crescent wrench which was very cool, was non sparking for use in explosive atmospheres. not sure what one of those runs today.



+ or - $128 for a 12 inch
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 2:34:42 PM EST
Coleman stove and lots of life jackets when I lived in Florida.Guy I worked with found a brown paper bag with 10k and a suppressed High standard pistol on the side of I-95!
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:01:46 PM EST
Six foot fiberglass step ladder in like new condition. Still have it.

I can't imagine it fell off a truck and wouldn't have been beat to hell. I thought that somebody must have pulled it out to get to a spare for changing a flat and drove off without it.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:13:24 PM EST
Found a Fluke multitester in a small tool box once. I actually saw it fall off a pickup that was turning off the road.
I picked it up and tried to chase them down, somebody was losing tools they work with. Couldn`t find em, looked
in the box, found the Fluke. Still have it.
Log chain once.
When i was a kid, I found a green parachute once. The military used to train chopper pilots here abouts in the
60s and 70s, probably fell outta one.

scruff
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:33:49 PM EST
Old singer treadle sewing machine with base, dragged it home with the metal wheels screeching the whole way. No way was I going to leave it for a minute for someone else to pick up! Built like a tank, runs like a dream.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:46:43 PM EST
110 quart cooler absolutely packed with camping gear. The Cooler had slid long the pavement and the bottom was chewed up, but the contents were in great shape.

A NICE sleeping bag
portable DVD player with Friday 13th in it.
spare AA batteries for above
Cell phone charger ?
collapsible water bladder.
little butane stove that mounts directly to a 1# cylinder
some cooking & eating utensils, including a tiny espresso maker and a hand coffee grinder
solar shower bag
other assorted stuff
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:49:39 PM EST
A pair of Channellock brand long nose pliers.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:49:44 PM EST
Chains, tie down straps, various tools. 2 life jackets a couple weeks back. When I was 18 I found a Gold flatware set (12 setting) in a leather bound case on Christmas morning just past a small intersection. There was no marks or any scratches on the leather so I imagine someone got a flat and pulled stuff out and forgot to put it back in. Brought it to the local PD and left it with them for a year. They called me and I went down and picked it up free and clear. Had it appraised, and was worth $5200! I was quite overjoyed!
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:50:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By Girlieman:
Middle of the night driving hone from work I came across three skids/flats/cages if live chickens...
There was a big poultry processing plant nearby.

Having no need for 30+ live chickens I decided to set 'em free.
Stupid birds didn't have a clue. They just stayed in their crates clucking like the pathetic losers they were.

No.. I didn't choke any of 'em.

So, instead of leaving them safe in their cage, you thought it would be a good idea to let them rove round the roads, potentially causing accidents?
Awesome!




Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:50:42 PM EST
Tool belt full of tools.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 3:58:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2011 3:58:21 PM EST by sporter]
Screwdriver a couple weeks back.

Friend down the road found a bowling ball and anvil.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 4:26:44 PM EST
Many years ago found two stainless steel milk cans, about 20 gallos each, alongside the road. Dad stopped and I got to balance them both on my knees for the hour it took us to get back home. My mom painted them red, white and blue for the 1976 Bi-Centennial celebration. Still have one of them and use it for an umbrella stand.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 4:28:18 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 4:28:57 PM EST


rescued this from the side of the road
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 4:34:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/18/2011 4:38:44 PM EST by SteelonSteel]
275 gallon oil tank, brand new, empty. Fell off the delivery truck and was sitting in the middle of the road about a mile from one of our shops at 0200 in the am. We grabbed a pick up and picked it up and stashed it at the shop.

coworker found out the shipper from a label on it. He bought it scratch and dent dirt cheap.

lifejackets, screwdrivers, tip ups, panties, you know the usual. No I didn't pick up the panties for crying out loud.

- friend found 5 buckets of dry wall mud (plus 3 more busted open) in the middle of the road. Either they came off a depot truck or out of the back of someone's plastic bed liner pickups truck. They're part of his garage and another friend's house.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 4:48:54 PM EST
A brand new husqvarna chainsaw in the case.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 4:57:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OZp1iuzQuuQ/TjW39-dO9qI/AAAAAAAAJBQ/zworZ85uMNY/s720/IMG_6279.JPG

rescued this from the side of the road


Winner winner chicken dinner
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 5:08:06 PM EST
Over the years, I found a couple nice chains, a couple empty gas cans and a $20 bill. The 20 was the best since, at the time, I was walking to the parts store to get a starter for my truck that left me stranded.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 5:09:18 PM EST
2 new Forrest service sleeping bags, 2 fire axes, and a bag munchies with the receipt.

I called the Forrest service and they said to keep them as they had no way of finding who lost them,
and new gear would be issued when the loss was discovered.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 5:11:44 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 5:12:40 PM EST
Recently?

A thick rubber floor mat and a large craftsman combo wrench.


Also substantial amounts of landscape/construction cloth that flowed down the creek in front of my house.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 5:39:12 PM EST
I have found 30lb propane tank brand new standing upright on the side of the road.A tool box tray fool of tools.I live close to a road that see alot of oil field traffic.I have scored so many ice chests I have stopped counting.Some have alot of road rash some don't.They usually have sodas and beer in them.
Link Posted: 9/18/2011 6:21:02 PM EST
Couple of years ago I found a full sized anvil laying in the middle of the road. Old school job FTW.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 12:44:23 PM EST
When I was in college I was walking to the bank and found a $100 bill at the bus stop about 200 feet from the bank (16 years ago). I always see black tie downs never stop and pick them up. When I was driving through Amarillo I was driving a 24 foot box truck and saw a 6 foot fiberglass step ladder come off of a truck, I'm sure it got smashed. picked up a 4 foot piece of aluminum I (eye) beam, laying on the double yellow line in front of Home Depot at 41st and Sheridan in Tulsa, pulled in the parking lot and dodged traffic getting it, FIL was with me then, sold it for scrap. I picked up a smashed aluminum step ladder for scrap beside the road in Tulsa, drove past it 3 days before I remembered to stop and get it. Most recently a 5 gallon orange Igloo cooler (last 3 months).
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 1:09:13 PM EST
Riding a motorcycle allows you to see all sorts of things you miss when in a cage (enclosed vehicle).
Ive gotten a few sockets and extensions as well as half of a "multi tool kit" which still had some screwdrivers, an air pressure gauge, and some other odds and ends in it.
If I had one of those "grabbers" id have a truckload of perfectly good tie straps. Unfortunately I mainly highway commute and its not always feasable or safe to pull over and grab "freebies"
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 2:28:55 PM EST
At my old job I was the only service tech that covered a bi state area so I drove a lot every day and found tons of things on the side of the road. I will stop and check out anything because you never know. Some of the best/most memorable.

A brand new 92 piece Snap On socket set still in the box.

50 feet of heavy steel tow chain with hooks.

2 brand new in the box 5 gallon steel gas cans with built in funnels.

A whole dresser drawer worth of socks and underware (left that there but the skid marks seemed minimal).

Various small tools.

The more interesting things were found during my hotel stays. Porn/cash/sex toys/drugs/etc.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 2:40:29 PM EST
whole tool box with tools, unfortunitly I knew the owner and I just about threw out my back getting it in. he had taken it out of his pickup to put a 4 wheeler (broke) in and didnt have room, not many people drive that road and those that do are honest. he did give me a coke for giving it back and saving him a trip.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 3:13:59 PM EST
id probably own 230,000 bungie cords if i would stop and pick them up. i think truckers just throw them out the window or something.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 3:17:35 PM EST
Originally Posted By sporter:
Screwdriver a couple weeks back.

Friend down the road found a bowling ball and anvil.


was wile e coyote around?
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 3:48:03 PM EST
a 6 foot aluminum double stepped sided ladder(steps on both sides)
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 5:42:35 PM EST
got a nice fold up card table once after a big storm.

recently picked up a sawed off shotgun out of the ditch....didnt keep that one tho
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 5:53:55 PM EST
Fiber glass step ladder. 5 red fuel canisters
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 6:06:14 PM EST
I pick up a few 20# propane tanks a month. Use whatevers left of the fuel in them, then throw them on craigslist for $10-15 per.

Found a nice hardwood coffee table. Me and the wif made a project out of refinishing it. Same with a dresser. Still use them both.

Then the usual stuff posted here, tie downs, a few sets of logging/tow chains, etc.

Also find an odd amount of car/truck rims around here. I'll save up a load of them and turn them in for scrap a couple times a year.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 6:48:47 PM EST
Leatherman Supertool

two rubbermaid Brute garbage cans
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 7:53:47 PM EST
random hand tools, few gas cans, a brand spankin' new 20lb propane tank just had a few dents and scrapes that i'm assuming came from falling out of whatever vehicle it was in. an 8ft extremely heavy duty slip cable about an inch in diameter.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 8:05:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2011 8:06:03 PM EST by bigscrun]
Snap On tool bag, full of Tools. I spent 2 weeks trying to return them to the rightful owner, no luck. Great tools.

I found a Wallet with $33 in it once, returned it and got a $20 in exchange. Found a cell phone and returned it and got a thank you and a coffee at StarBucks.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 8:12:47 PM EST
Not on the side of the road, but found two CO2 soda cylinders out in the boonies. Turned them in to the plant on the label and got 5 free flats of Coke and assorted Coke products.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 8:15:00 PM EST
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-OZp1iuzQuuQ/TjW39-dO9qI/AAAAAAAAJBQ/zworZ85uMNY/s720/IMG_6279.JPG

rescued this from the side of the road


I hope you received massive amounts of good karma for that kind act...

Link Posted: 9/19/2011 10:53:39 PM EST
I used to dream of finding a huge bag of cash. Still waiting on that one. I did find a 12v tire inflator last year.
Link Posted: 9/19/2011 10:55:17 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2011 10:55:47 PM EST by magnumtc]
I found a Dewalt 12 volt drill once. Worked great. Ended up buying a charger and extra battery for about $75 bucks. My brother found a Yeti cooler($300 dollar plus) that had been bungi corded shut full of Coors light. Numerous life jackets and one broken fishing rod with a real nice Shimano bait casting reel.
Link Posted: 9/20/2011 1:46:49 AM EST
box of 12 ga shells..... and a marine battery...

Link Posted: 9/20/2011 2:57:15 AM EST
Originally Posted By Britt-dog:

two rubbermaid Brute garbage cans


Hey, one of those was mine!

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