Tips to Keep Scrappers from Dumpster Diving

One common concern we hear from Big Daddy Dumpster clients involves the practice of dumpster diving. Specifically, our clients ask for tips to deal with scrappers who might seek to pull choice pieces of metal from their dumpster, typically during the night.

This can be a problem because dumpster diving presents a liability for the property owner If someone gets hurt and they were not actively prevented from entering the location.

Here are a few ways to prevent this practice and make sure that everyone stays safe and accident free during your next rental.

Fence it

Good fences make good neighbors, we have been told. This is true for dumpster divers as well. Erecting a barrier like a chain link fence can help draw a clear line around your dumpster. At least it might discourage them from exploring your dumpster, forcing them to move on to a less secure target.

Sign it

If you don’t have the budget to put up a chain link fence around your rented dumpster, there is a less expensive option. Signs can make clear something that should be obvious – climbing into a dumpster is dangerous and unlawful. It is trespassing. Make sure signs are clear and visible.

Hide it

Of course, no one wants to steal what they can’t see. Another simple solution is to hide the items that might be attractive to dumpster divers. Make sure that at the end of the day your trash and unattractive waste is on top of the other items. This way potential thieves won’t know anything is there, or they might suspect it is there but not want to go through the hassle to check.

Save it

Some savvy contractors, especially ones with lots of space, can prevent the problem entirely. Simply save the attractive scrap until dumpster removal day. Then haul it all out that morning. Under your watchful eyes, the scrap will get to its intended destination.

Make peace not war

A final solution is to simply make peace with the scrappers. Instead of playing games and working harder to prevent scrap from getting to the scrapyard, and keeping money out of enterprising pockets, why not make peace? Simply set the scrap next to the dumpster in a place where it is not an attraction to children, but where scrappers can easily access it and haul it away. Less to lift. Less to haul away.

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Is It Easy To Schedule A Dumpster?

Is it easy to schedule a dumpster for your business, home, or community work?

Yes.

Is it easy to find a dumpster that is the perfect size to fully meet your needs?

Yes.

Is it easy to have a dumpster delivered and taken away on your schedule?

Yes.

All you have to do is call (937) 884-2162 and let one of our highly trained and experienced employees help you find the dumpster that meets your needs, and get it scheduled for the exact dates that meet your needs.

Or visit our website at https://bigdaddydumpsters.com/ to do some research independently, if that’s your thing.

Or just go straight to our online booking link.

Things that are harder than ordering a dumpster.

Standup comedy is harder than ordering a dumpster.

It is harder to double tie your shoelaces than to order a dumpster.

It is harder to spell Mississippi than it is to order a dumpster.

Macrame is harder than ordering a dumpster.

In fact, there is a really long list of things that are harder than ordering a dumpster.

Just call Big Daddy Dumpster at (937) 884-2162. When you do, one of our efficient and experienced calltakers will walk you through the simple process of finding the right dumpster for your project. And they will schedule it for the dates that meet your needs.

What’s simpler than having someone else do the work for you? Nothing.

If you’re a lone wolf, you can independently visit our website at https://bigdaddydumpsters.com/ to do some research. Take the work on your broad shoulders. That’s fine too.

Or skip the small talk and just go straight to our online booking link.

Things that are easier than scheduling a dumpster.

Breathing. Blinking. And …

Nada. Nil. Nothing else. That’s it. It’s a short list.

Almost nothing is easier than scheduling a dumpster from Big Daddy Dumpster.

Give us a call, visit online, or book yours online today.

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Save Dumpster Space by Donating to Re-Use Stores

Reclaimed. Re-used. Recycled. Whatever term you want to use, there is a thriving business in giving almost everything one more shot at life.

Most communities have at least one store where lightly used cabinetry, furniture, doors, lumber, and, well, everything is bought and sold. Owners upgrading or tearing down can find one last market. Beginning or thrifty owners find useful fixtures or projects.

And everyone wins.

Save dumpster space – and make money – by reselling

 

For the conscientious homeowner or builder, this thriving middle man market means additional savings in multiple ways.

First, every square foot of space saved in the rental dumpster means a small rental or fewer trips to the dump.

Second, some of these shops will pay a modest fee for the items, or they may even arrange to come pick it up for you. This last option can save labor and time – all of which is favorable to the bottom line.

Finally, there is a feeling of satisfaction that comes from knowing you not only saved space at the dump, but you helped out an ambitious homeowner. Your overall footprint, carbon and otherwise, is smaller.

Use it to your advantage

Of course, you don’t have to only be a donor – although it is a smart way to reduce your workload and impact your environment and community.

You could be a patron. When you are embarking on your next project, stop by the local re-purposing store to see if maybe they have something you could use. Is there a door here that fits your building but saves you buying new? You can get it for a fraction of the cost. Is there a mirror that will work over the new sink to give a room the rustic feel you need?

With a little bit of imagination, time, and the investment of some elbow grease, a re-use store can help every part of your next building project be a little better.

Old lumber can be re-used with dramatic effect.

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Rent a Dumpster for Your Next Big Home Project

HG TV has filled you with great new ideas. You have saved and planned. And now it is time to create your dream renovation. Whether it is your bedroom, dinising room, kitchen, basement, or garage, you have big ideas.

Things are going to change.

But you will need to rent a dumpster.

Order too small, and you will have more of the same problems you were trying to avoid in the first place: piles of bags at the curb, complaining neighbors, and an unsightly front lawn. Go too big and you might overpay and use up some of your precious budget unnecessarily, leaving you less able to fill your new space with needed items, or having to cut corners elsewhere.

Here are the steps you must take in order to make sure you get the right dumpster for your project.

Figure out your dumpster size needs

This is often the most challenging part of ordering a dumpster: looking at the project and anticipating how big of a dumpster you will need to hold it all.

First, start with what you can see. Everything will take up more space once you have torn it apart, crumbled it up, and piled it loosely into a dumpster. The mess generally expands the more times you move it.

So is some of the furniture going out? Wallpaper? Structural materials? Will that include lathe? Concrete? Some soil? Objects unearthed during the cleaning phase?

But also remember that you will be throwing out packaging and waste from your new items too. Will you be scraping and painting? Don’t forget that there will be blades, brushes and more going in. The packing material for new fixtures often retains a lot of its original size and shape.

Imagine these items loosely jumbled together. That’s just about the size you need.

Figure out your dumpster schedule

Of course, there is a second factor in your rental: how long will you need it? It makes sense to have a dumpster onsite for the entire length of your project. Last minute supply arrivals will generate trash just like the first items did, and you don’t want to be caught off-guard, or violate your HOA or anger your neighbors.

Plus you don’t want to have to do the work twice.

You will need the dumpster on site for the first day of tear down, or else you will spend valuable time and energy moving your debris twice.

With these two factors in hand, contact Big Daddy Dumpsters at (937) 915-3984. Our friendly and experienced staff will help make sure your project goes as smoothly as possible.

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Pick the Right Sized Trash Bag for the Job

There are a mind-boggling number of different garbage bags on shelves today. Between various brands, bag types, applications, material, and sizes, one could be forgiven for simply grabbing a box and running to the next aisle hoping for the best.

There are more than a dozen different sizes of trash receptacles in homes. The most common types have many brands competing for their trash bag business. Here’s a guide to the types of cans you have at home, and which size trash bag fit them the best.

First, you need to know that the bags are measured in gallons, which can cause confusion. It helps if you imagine liquid poured into the bag, outside of the container, filling it completely. In reality, the bags don’t hold that much, and often would not stand up to holding that amount of liquid.

4 gallon trash bag

These small boutique trash cans are the workhouse of the home. Found in nearly every room, some people opt to not put any bags in them at all. However, a small 4-gallon bag will do nicely. It will keep your can clean and leave plenty of room to tie the bag shut before putting it out to the curb in your larger trash bin.

8 gallon trash bag

Commonly referred to as the kitchen trash bag, the 8-10 gallon bag can be found in every home. Big enough to hold food and refuse from a couple of days of cooking, it is also small enough for anyone to carry out to the trash bin – even your youngest helpers. And it fits comfortably under most kitchen sinks.

12-15 gallon trash bag

This work room or garage trash bag is perfect for hearty use. It can hold a lot of trash from several projects, or one big one. Watch out, though. When full, this bag can be a load to carry!

20 gallon trash bags and larger

Designed for heavier outdoor or industrial use, bags are made to fit receptacles of nearly every size. These can hold bags within a bag, and are often used as liners rather than trash bags. That is, they are used to keep the bin clean while other smaller trash bags are placed inside then dumped into garbage trucks or dumpsters.

Remember: bagging your garbage is a good choice for keeping your trash bins clean. Check with your community guidelines about which kinds of garbage bags are acceptable at your waste site.

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Build A Shed This Summer

Your home and your yard require a large number of tools and supplies to keep in normal working order. Tools, supplies, seeds, mowers, and blowers … the list is long. After a while they outgrow your basement or your garage and need to occupy their own special, dedicated space at your home.

You need a shed.

And while there are a wide range of prefabricated sheds available at local hardware and feed stores, you can build a shed this summer by following these steps.

Measure and make space for your new shed

First, examine your storage needs and map it out. How much floor space do you need? Think about your wall space, and remember that you lose room at the corners. You also need space around each tool so you can grab it or take it off the wall.

Once you have measured, look at your yard and make space for your future shed. Do you need to take down some shrubs? Cut into your existing garage? Remove the old shed? Either way, out with the old, and in with the new! This might be the excuse you needed to rent a dumpster!

Choose a style and download a plan

Sheds come in a variety of styles. Are you looking for a lean-to, the most common and simplest structure? Perhaps you prefer a carefully crafted look, and want to build a model barn?

Or will you get really adventurous and make a mini-model of your home?

Whichever it is, there is definitely a plan for it online. These online plans are often downloadable and printable. Some are free, and others come with more detailed print plans for a small cost.

Buy the materials and build or assemble your shed

Following the plan you’ve purchased and downloaded, head to the local lumber company. Use the supplies list as a buying guide, and make sure you come home with everything you need.

And the hardest part requires the fewest words: build it.

Though it may take an afternoon or two, your new shed will free up space in your garage or basement, make it easier to do yardwork, and be an attractive conversation piece for years to come.

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You need these IKEA organizers

When you are spring cleaning, it is tempting to make two common mistakes. The first is to throw everything out. The second is to keep everything.

Whichever of those two mistakes you tend make, this article is perfect for you. A quick trip to IKEA or another organizer store can get you a few handy tools that help your clutter feel less cluttered, so it doesn’t all have to be thrown away, but it also doesn’t make a mess in your home as you clean and reorganize this spring.

Hanging closet dividers

The inexpensive STUK dividers or SKUBB closet organizer make attractive and handy storage for whatever you have too much of. Store t-shirts, shoes, books, or other items vertically. Now instead of sorting through piles, you can quickly locate whatever you were looking for.

Simpler and less expensive than individual shelves, these hanging cloth organizers offer you flexibility and convenience. Better yet, they can simply affix to existing hangar poles in any closet in your home.

Cabinet of drawers

Small drawers are not just for the office anymore. There are dozens of applications for a small chest of drawers, and every homeowner or hobbyist can quickly organize a room and tame a troublesome corner of the house.

The Helmer drawers are on casters, meaning they can be easily moved around for multiple uses. The similar Alex drawers have less hardware and offer a clean, modern look.

With tall, short, and stackable options, there are lots of stylish options for your next room upgrade.

Open shelves

Available in a wide range of heights, widths, and shelf sizes, open shelves are a can’t-miss addition to your room upgrade. Whether you’ve seen them featured in Zoom rooms in business meetings during the pandemic, or in comfortable home decor open shelves are unattractive and useful addition in every room of the house.

In the bedroom, open shelves can hold books sweaters trophies or other items that are comfortable on full display. In the living room, well-chosen accent pieces on open shelves can  create a striking visual showpiece that is the envy of your neighbors. In the TV room the shelves can hold video game components, speakers, memorabilia, and more.

Different styles come in various sizes and can be paired for wider uses, but generally are not stackable. This popular Flysta shelf stands just over 4’ tall and is attractive as a standalone piece.

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Spring Cleaning Tips to Keep Your Family Safe and Healthy

When spring arrives, we all face an irresistible urge to throw the windows open, turn the music up, and clean out our homes.

This spring, you can do a deeper clean than normal to make sure that you start the season with a safe, healthy, and virus-free home. Follow these tips to get unusual and hard-to-clean locations spotless this spring.

Deep clean behind the refrigerator

One often-neglected spot in every house is behind the refrigerator. The combination of being hard to reach is combined with natural convection that comes from coils heating and cooling, and in many cases fans that circulate air around the appliance.

This means lots of dust. Add that to the grease naturally found where you do your cooking, and you’ve got a sticky dirty mess.

Use a mix of water and an abundant supply of grease cutting cleaner – including dish soap – to get this spot looking like the day you moved in.

Fight mold in your dehumidifier

As the days heat up, homeowners pull the dehumidifier out of storage to help their basements stay cool and to delay air conditioner season. But what happened inside the dehumidifier during the long off-season? Was it put away completely dry, or did mold possibly grow in the coils?

One way to fight mold is to create a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Spray or wipe that onto the surface of your coils and every place that water goes during regular operation of the dehumidifier. Then wait several hours for it to dry. Now you can start your season off confident that you aren’t spreading mold spores throughout your house.

You can also use an ultraviolet light to fight mold in your dehumidifier.

Wipe down your door knobs

We were all relieved when we learned that COVID did not spread easily on surfaces but was instead spread in the air between people. However, we ended an important practice that was helping keep us safe from lots of germs: wiping door handles.

Every day we touch the handles of our doors – some more than others – at various times. Sometimes our hands are clean. And sometimes they are not.

It’s impossible to know exactly what viruses, germs, or other contaminants get on our door knobs during this time.

The best solution is to periodically wipe them down with warm soapy water or a mild bleach solution.

Spring is a great time to clean parts of your house you have neglected all winter long.

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Build a Patio This Summer

Summer is coming. And when it arrives, you will be looking for reasons to spend time outdoors. And you will need more space to support your many outdoor activities: cooking, hosting guests and friends, or just reading. The perfect place for all of this activity is your new patio.

Depending on a variety of factors, a wood or a poured concrete patio might be the right choice for you.

Should I choose a concrete patio?

If you need a ground level patio on level ground outside your home, a concrete patio might be the right solution.

Durable, easy to clean, and available in a variety of custom finishes, for many homeowners this is the ideal choice. Custom pours and finishes can make modern concrete look like brick or stone, and even match existing walks and the drive. Custom dyes make concrete a fashionable option.

One downside is that concrete pours tend to be expensive. Additionally, these take more space to build, as access for the truck to pour concrete, or several workers to carry it by the wheelbarrow, makes it a choice for large and flatter spaces.

Should I choose a wood deck?

Pressure treated lumber has long been a favorite building material for porches and decks. Its affordability and flexibility allow for a variety of uses including ground level, upper level, or even multi-level patio / porch visions.

Contractors and avid do-it-yourselfers find wood to be the ideal solution. Since most homeowners already have the necessary tools for woodworking, and lumber is available at a big box store within driving distance of most locations, many homes today have wooden decks.

Some downsides of lumber is that it typically is limited to a variety of wood colors. Additionally, finished wood decks ten to look less formal and are not ideal for every decor or home style.

How do I start?

Make sure you have the space and structure for the patio or deck you desire. In some cases this means taking out an existing deck or patio. Destruction on this level often means renting a dumpster to take away yard debris or the torn down remnants of the original structure that was in that location.

You can work with the friendly staff at Big Daddy Dumpster to arrange a dumpster of the perfect size to match your project and arrange drop-off and pick-up times that match your project calendar.

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COVID Spring Cleaning Tips

How is it March already? Winter is coming to a close, and we all need a fresh start to the new season. Spring is a time for renewal, longer days, and uplifted moods. There’s no better way to prepare for Spring’s arrival than to do a thorough Spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning might look a bit different this year after yet another winter trapped inside due to COVID. But warmer weather is approaching, and the time to reinvigorate your life is coming. Take the time this spring to really get into every room and get it clean from winter’s gloom.

Here are some helpful tips to get you through to the next season:

Go through your refrigerator and freezer! COVID might’ve had you stocked up on every type of frozen meal in case of another lockdown, but make sure you sort through what food has passed its expiration date. This will leave you more room to stock up on fresh, in season foods. After you’ve sorted your food, wipe down your refrigerator and freezer. A lot more grime can be hiding in the drawers, door, and shelves than you think.

Dust! Dust! Dust! After the long winter, dust particles have had more than enough time to settle onto various surfaces, cushions, walls, curtains, and more. Being able to open your windows this spring will only lead to more dust and pollen finding their way into your home, so get ahead of it and start with a clean slate.

Mop your floors and throw away any worn doormats! Snow boots and winter shoes may have tracked dirt, mud, residue from sidewalk salt, and more across your floors, and spring cleaning is the time to scrub that out of your home. Take your mops and sponges for a final cleaning then discard them and invest in new supplies for the spring.

Sort through your clothes! Clothes are something often overlooked during spring cleaning, but finally deciding to give away that pile of old sweaters you haven’t worn all winter might help you feel that sense of spring renewal. Save some space in your closet and spend some quality time in your closet this year. When you’ve decided what to keep and what to give away, find a local thrift shop or resale store to donate them to!

There are plenty more ways to attack your spring cleaning list, but those are some good starting points after a winter trapped inside.

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