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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

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I took a big hammer and had at it in the living room until it was in small enough chunks that I could carry them out and toss them in the dumpster one piece at a time, under the cover of darkness.
Make it easy on yourself - this is why the Sawsall was invented.

Power tool + wanton destruction. What better incentive to convince OH to agree to finally let go of that unbearably awful orange sofa from his bachelor days...
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If you live in an apartment you can cover the sound of your hammer blows by making them coincide with a thunderstorm, much like the prison break scene in Shawshank Redemption
Considering that lately the weather-forecast that I follow is always wrong (gave up trying to understand why) maybe it is better to put the vignettes in the milkbox and send the services our date, it is too risky to rely on the weather here! I also think it would take me months to break it apart with our Ikea hammer!

Thanks for the idea! Cheers!!!
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Years ago I had a fold out sofa bed left over from my college days that had to go. I took a big hammer and had at it in the living room until it was in small enough chunks that I could carry them out and toss them in the dumpster one piece at a time, under the cover of darkness.

Believe it or not, it only takes about 20 minutes to beat a couch into small pieces if you have a good arm. If you live in an apartment you can cover the sound of your hammer blows by making them coincide with a thunderstorm, much like the prison break scene in Shawshank Redemption
I agree - I managed to chop and saw my sofa so that it fitted into 3 x 120 Litre black sacks. In my Gemeinde - 3 tickets = one 120 Litre bag, so it cost me about 20 CHF. Just left it outside my house on the normal collection day with no problems. Taking it to the recycling centre in Brugg is 40 Rappen per kilogram plus the cost of a mobility Combi car hire, so for me it was much cheaper with the black bag option.
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

Nov.5th is fast approaching - start building a community bonfire on your nearest bit of open, green land.

That's how everyone used to get rid of their old furniture and rubbish at this time of year, back in blighty.
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Re: Getting rid of an old sofa

I've got this image in my head of wild eyed EF members taking an axe to their furntiture.

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Years ago I had a fold out sofa bed left over from my college days that had to go. I took a big hammer and had at it in the living room until it was in small enough chunks that I could carry them out and toss them in the dumpster one piece at a time, under the cover of darkness.

Believe it or not, it only takes about 20 minutes to beat a couch into small pieces if you have a good arm. If you live in an apartment you can cover the sound of your hammer blows by making them coincide with a thunderstorm, much like the prison break scene in Shawshank Redemption
I did much the same once, with a large table. But in the absence of frequent and violent thunder, and not having eaten baked beans for dinner that dark night, I skipped the surreptitious smashing stage and just dumped the table, whole, thereby saving my arm.

OP: if you choose to follow this advice, be sure to steam-clean the sofa first. The owners of the dumpster, several bureaucratic departments, nosey neighbours and general passers-by will all scour the offending piece of furniture for DNA or other evidence to link it with its owner, whereupon you may expect a knock on the door in the middle of the night (or a SWAT team crashing through your bedroom window).
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I agree - I managed to chop and saw my sofa so that it fitted into 3 x 120 Litre black sacks. In my Gemeinde - 3 tickets = one 120 Litre bag, so it cost me about 20 CHF. Just left it outside my house on the normal collection day with no problems. Taking it to the recycling centre in Brugg is 40 Rappen per kilogram plus the cost of a mobility Combi car hire, so for me it was much cheaper with the black bag option.
Good luck.
Heh, did this a few times myself; trying to compress various items of furniture into small enough components to fit into a plurality of 35 litre bags, whilst filling the TexAid container with the cushions, etc. Well, I was but a fresh Auslšnder at the time!

Now, they get cut up into larger chunks and I take it in the car to the the recycling centre in Brugg, or to the incinerator in Turgi.

Incidentally, I do wonder why I have to even pay to deposit my rubbish in Turgi's incinerator. Essentially, my rubbish is fuel for the power station that's attached to it, and they also sell the electricity and warm water for a healthy profit. Bit of a win-win siutuation for them. As far as I know, power stations usually pay the supplier for the fuel, not the other way around!
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We bought one in the Brocki close to our house, we brought it home ourselves.
Some Brockis will also collect stuff.
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