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What's the Most Useful Item You Found at the Side of the Road?

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in the summer of '98, I found a pair of lineman's pliers buried 3 feet deep in a ditch, rusted solid, while cleaning out a box culvert that was choked up with very fine black silt...cleaned up, soaked in Marvel Mystery Oil for a month before they broke loose...still using them to this day, them big things will cut copper up to 4AWG, no sweat :cool:

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4 empty garbage cans. All stacked together. I always tie mine in. 
they obviously blew out of a truck. 

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Not one item, but various tools, the vast majority along I-10 in Hudspeth County, TX.  Walked the side of the Interstate, secondary roads, fence lines, drag roads, ranch roads, field roads, pole-lines, etc. looking for people tracks almost every day for 7 1/2 years there.  Found everything from a 1/4" quarter inch socket, to channel locks, crescent wrenches, a set of combination wrenches, 1/2" torque wrench, pliers out the ying-yang, etc.  Some cheap stuff, some good stuff, some weird stuff, but all still in my tool box (except the weird stuff).  Looking down for details on the ground you can find a lot.   Stuff people would put on the hood, trunk, roof, etc. of their car or truck somewhere, forget it was there, then drive off.  That was close the middle of no-where, so no one would even think of going back to look for the things that fell off their car. 

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I once found an 5 pound box of eight penny stainless steel ring nails in the middle of the road in front of home depot.  It was a busy road, and the box had broke open.  I picked up what I could.  I used those nails for years for little repair projects around the house, they just ran out last summer.

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I was driving on country road ,lots of curves, headed down hill to a river valley.I slowed for a sharp curve and spotted a loading ramp off to the side of the road I stopped and put it in my truck, further down the hill I spotted the mate,stopped and picked it up.Twenty miles from the nearest town on a lightly travelled secondary road.I didn't see a trailer anywhere along the road for the next while.No identification on the ramps.

The ramps were well made, constructed using expanded metal and angle iron with good welds. My guess is someone had put them on a flat deck trailer,probably empty, hadn't strapped them down and bouncing along the ramps slipped off on the curves.

I've used them for the last 25 years.

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A Stihl extended reach gas pruning saw.  But I got more out of all the soda bottles I picked up as a kid.  Used to make a pretty good haul once a month.  Spent the money on books mostly. lol

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