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    Anti-static bubble wrap usually does the trick...

    Anti-static bubble wrap usually does the trick just fine. TBH, I've had a lot of people send me CPUs/RAM that's just packed in regular bubble wrap just fine, and one guy even wraps them in office...
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    I'm in a really weird spot. I'm a one-man band...

    I'm in a really weird spot. I'm a one-man band basically. So, quarantine doesn't stop me. Retooling my second test bench is slowing me down, but that's just temporary. People not buying things could...
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    For the MTSV side of things, I think this will be...

    For the MTSV side of things, I think this will be a giant bump in the road, really. I'm still processing stuff from you guys, though I am working to switch over to my second test bench in the...
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    It's only an hour to your terminal? Here, I...

    It's only an hour to your terminal? Here, I either pay more for the local terminal or go on a 3 hour drive to Billings :D

    Seriously, it does save you money in the long run. If you're going to do a...
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    You can drag a pallet. If you're worried about...

    You can drag a pallet. If you're worried about the concrete, slide a blanket under it. It's not the easiest, but it can be done. If you don't care about the concrete, skip that part. But, you can...
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    The test got the job done. I did the ugliest...

    The test got the job done. I did the ugliest alley docking that the instructor had seen, but I passed. The CDL laws are changing, so after early 2022, the only way to get one is through a CDL school...
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    It came yesterday night, and I hope to start on...

    It came yesterday night, and I hope to start on it in the morning. Would have started today, but I had my CDL test today. By the time I finished that, got plates for my rebuilt Saab, and went back to...
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    If it's MTSV stuff, packaging matters more. If...

    If it's MTSV stuff, packaging matters more. If it's scrap, you just have to get it there. Shrink wrap works well, or if you want to be fancy, you can sometimes pick up a gaylord box for cheap
  9. We have a 1992 or 1993 Escort sitting off in the...

    We have a 1992 or 1993 Escort sitting off in the weeds. If the cat in that is worth anything close to yours, I may have to go out there with a sawzall :D
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    I can't tell what all of that is, but if the...

    I can't tell what all of that is, but if the white stuff is gondola shelving, trust me- you'll want to keep some. You'll find more uses for it than you can imagine!

    Also, I have some stuff for you...
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    Old thread, but he's right. Money in the bank...

    Old thread, but he's right. Money in the bank isn't doing anything. I invest some of mine so it'll grow, and "invest" the rest into my business so I can make more with it. If you park it, that's all...
  12. DVD drives are pretty easy. You can often do them...

    DVD drives are pretty easy. You can often do them with two screws. Take the two off on the bottom, closest to the data connector. Pry the metal panel back, yank the board out, and seal it back up for...
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    If you end up with a short section of track...

    If you end up with a short section of track (Again, make sure you LEGALLY have it), you may want to cut it up into sections that are a foot or two long and sell them as anvils to farmers. They work...
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    One of the programs I've done with computers when...

    One of the programs I've done with computers when I sell them locally is a "Trade-up program". Basically, say you buy a $100 laptop from me. You have a set time to use it, and if you want a higher...
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    1500 pounds for a truck like that should be fine....

    1500 pounds for a truck like that should be fine. Heck, out here in Wyoming, overloading is a way of life. I feel like I may be the only guy to not do it. I used to haul 1500# loads in the back of a...
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    You can't blame the no-shows too much when we've...

    You can't blame the no-shows too much when we've been inundated with freak snowstorms :lol:

    As almost everyone here knows, I work with computers and their parts. So, for local sales, that means...
  17. If you're using the SATA on the motherboard, a...

    If you're using the SATA on the motherboard, a couple of tips:

    First, extension cables are absolutely lovely, but they create a spaghetti mess fast. I'd take some cheap wood scraps or thick...
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    I have no clue if you're talking about the lawn...

    I have no clue if you're talking about the lawn pivots or the massive "400 acre cornfield" pivots, but best of luck! I know almost nothing about either sadly
  19. A lot of people look at hard drives as a "thing"....

    A lot of people look at hard drives as a "thing". You get a bunch of them, put them in a box, sell them on eBay, and voila- money. That's a bad, bad way to look at things....

    The value of hard...
  20. Not all drives can do a Secure Erase, but most...

    Not all drives can do a Secure Erase, but most can. Some older ones can't, but I don't see those very often. For those, I have to use a triple zero-pass wipe system. But, those drives are becoming...
  21. I haven't used Easus, but I don't clone much. I...

    I haven't used Easus, but I don't clone much. I deploy systems manually now, but I'm going to be setting up a PXE server and a cloning server this spring when I can get another room in the office...
  22. With SSDs, as long as the connector didn't get...

    With SSDs, as long as the connector didn't get damaged in shipping, you should be good! The pallet I've mentioned in two posts already had some SSDs in it. I haven't tested them all out yet, but so...
  23. I run Linux on mine, but if you're looking at...

    I run Linux on mine, but if you're looking at just reselling hard drives to MTSV buyers, running a health check through something like CrystalDisk will usually weed out most of the failures. It won't...
  24. I recommend against using more than 4 hard drives...

    I recommend against using more than 4 hard drives in a single computer, and recommend getting more computers as you scale. Here's why:

    Bad drives during a Secure Erase will wreak havoc on your...
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    If they're willing to negotiate on their...

    If they're willing to negotiate on their trailers, I wonder if they'd cut a deal on a box truck....

    I mean, I know U-Hauls don't get treated well, but it can't possibly be any worse than my last...
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