Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Daily life  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 23.11.2021, 13:55
Phil_MCR's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 14,665
Groaned at 283 Times in 188 Posts
Thanked 18,518 Times in 7,771 Posts
Phil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond repute
Getting rid of a millstone

I have a millstone. Literally a 1'500kg piece of stone in my garden that I need to get rid of. I'm guessing the best way is to find a way to break it up into small pieces so that it can be moved away. Stone location means it cannot be moved away by crane. I guess it could be moved 20 metres through my house to get to a cranable location - however, I don't like the idea of how that would be done and the potential damage to the tiled floor.

Any ideas on how to do this?
__________________
By replying to this post, you hereby grant Phil_MCR a royalty-free license to use, in any way, anything posted by you on the internet. If you do not accept, stop using EF and delete your account.

Last edited by Phil_MCR; 23.11.2021 at 16:05.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 23.11.2021, 14:02
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: na
Posts: 11,133
Groaned at 35 Times in 31 Posts
Thanked 26,380 Times in 8,149 Posts
meloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond reputemeloncollie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Is it an ‘interesting’ piece of stone, that is something that might find a new life as hardscaping in a garden?

If so, perhaps contact a Gartenbau firm. Such a firm might be interested in the stone to sell on to a customer, and so might be willing to take it away for a small (ish, TIS) price.

ETA:

Even if not interested in using the stone, a Gartenbau firm could remove it, albeit for a not-so-small price.

Last edited by meloncollie; 23.11.2021 at 14:28.
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank meloncollie for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 23.11.2021, 14:14
TonyClifton's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: Hopefully soon to be Aargau
Posts: 1,754
Groaned at 619 Times in 352 Posts
Thanked 4,169 Times in 1,764 Posts
TonyClifton has a reputation beyond reputeTonyClifton has a reputation beyond reputeTonyClifton has a reputation beyond reputeTonyClifton has a reputation beyond reputeTonyClifton has a reputation beyond reputeTonyClifton has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Quote:
View Post
I have a millstone. Literally a 1'500kg piece of stone in my garden that I need to get rid of. I'm guessing the best way is to find a way to break it up into small pieces so that it can be moved away. Stone location means it can be moved away in one piece (e.g. via crane).

Any ideas on how to do this?
Stick it on Ricardo with a starting bid of 1 chf, I almost guarantee someone will pick it up. Or put it on Anibis for free, it's unbelievable some of the c**p I've managed to get rid of that way!!
Reply With Quote
The following 6 users would like to thank TonyClifton for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 23.11.2021, 14:25
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Nyon
Posts: 5,665
Groaned at 312 Times in 223 Posts
Thanked 7,752 Times in 3,628 Posts
bowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond reputebowlie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Donate it to a Museum.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 23.11.2021, 14:27
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Zurich
Posts: 8,565
Groaned at 304 Times in 231 Posts
Thanked 19,633 Times in 6,842 Posts
k_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond reputek_and_e has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 23.11.2021, 14:40
Ato Ato is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: ZH
Posts: 1,698
Groaned at 19 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 3,182 Times in 1,295 Posts
Ato has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Quote:
View Post
Is it an ‘interesting’ piece of stone, that is something that might find a new life as hardscaping in a garden?

If so, perhaps contact a Gartenbau firm. Such a firm might be interested in the stone to sell on to a customer, and so might be willing to take it away for a small (ish, TIS) price.

ETA:

Even if not interested in using the stone, a Gartenbau firm could remove it, albeit for a not-so-small price.
Some might even buy it from you.
I've not had a garden for a long while, but I know that there was a point where people were paying for interesting looking stones as centrepieces for their garden, paying 300-400 euro for a rock.
I would think a millstone would be along the same lines.

If you do put it on ricardo, I'd probably mention delivery not included...

Whoever is taking it from ricardo would need a bit of lifting equipment with them, otherwise you might have people buy it and not be able to take it away.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Ato for this useful post:
  #7  
Old 23.11.2021, 14:53
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Zurich
Posts: 212
Groaned at 11 Times in 8 Posts
Thanked 504 Times in 156 Posts
GParker has a reputation beyond reputeGParker has a reputation beyond reputeGParker has a reputation beyond reputeGParker has a reputation beyond reputeGParker has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

It would be a shame to break it up, I'm sure you'll find someone to give it a new home
Reply With Quote
The following 5 users would like to thank GParker for this useful post:
  #8  
Old 23.11.2021, 15:53
nickatbasel's Avatar
Mod, Chips and Mushy Peas
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Albisrieden
Posts: 5,269
Groaned at 157 Times in 95 Posts
Thanked 8,187 Times in 3,032 Posts
nickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond reputenickatbasel has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Can you advertise it on Grindr?
Reply With Quote
The following 6 users would like to thank nickatbasel for this useful post:
  #9  
Old 23.11.2021, 16:36
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CH
Posts: 611
Groaned at 50 Times in 29 Posts
Thanked 552 Times in 292 Posts
ch2013 has made some interesting contributions
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Quote:
View Post
I have a millstone. Literally a 1'500kg piece of stone in my garden that I need to get rid of. I'm guessing the best way is to find a way to break it up into small pieces so that it can be moved away. Stone location means it cannot be moved away by crane. I guess it could be moved 20 metres through my house to get to a cranable location - however, I don't like the idea of how that would be done and the potential damage to the tiled floor.

Any ideas on how to do this?

This one is smaller but I am afraid it doesn't look like it would be worth much...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 23.11.2021, 16:50
Phil_MCR's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 14,665
Groaned at 283 Times in 188 Posts
Thanked 18,518 Times in 7,771 Posts
Phil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond reputePhil_MCR has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Quote:
View Post
This one is smaller but I am afraid it doesn't look like it would be worth much...
it depends if value is proportional to weight!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 23.11.2021, 17:11
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CH
Posts: 611
Groaned at 50 Times in 29 Posts
Thanked 552 Times in 292 Posts
ch2013 has made some interesting contributions
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

And age!
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 23.11.2021, 17:49
Ato Ato is offline
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: ZH
Posts: 1,698
Groaned at 19 Times in 19 Posts
Thanked 3,182 Times in 1,295 Posts
Ato has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond reputeAto has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Quote:
View Post
This one is smaller but I am afraid it doesn't look like it would be worth much...
Is that a tiny stone weighing 2.5kg? I think you'd lose it in a garden, maybe it would suit a mantelpiece.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 23.11.2021, 17:59
Village Idiot's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Basel
Posts: 3,685
Groaned at 35 Times in 32 Posts
Thanked 6,940 Times in 2,243 Posts
Village Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond reputeVillage Idiot has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

So, take this with a pinch of salt because it's in the US, but it looks like there is definitely a market for these for landscaping purposes, and they actually fetch a fair amount of money: https://millstones.com/shop/

That doesn't mean that the market here is the same, but I'm willing to bet that it's got enough value that by offering it at a nominal price, you can make the problem of getting rid of it someone else's problem.

In all seriousness, if access is what is causing the issue but the stone can be passed through the house, I'd be tempted to call a firm equipped to move heavy furniture - they should have what they need to lift it and move it through the house. I wouldn't trust a gardening firm to do it without damaging the house -- movers will have the trolleys and blankets to move it safely.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Village Idiot for this useful post:
  #14  
Old 23.11.2021, 18:15
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Zurich
Posts: 5,532
Groaned at 374 Times in 206 Posts
Thanked 6,321 Times in 2,899 Posts
ZuriRollt has a reputation beyond reputeZuriRollt has a reputation beyond reputeZuriRollt has a reputation beyond reputeZuriRollt has a reputation beyond reputeZuriRollt has a reputation beyond reputeZuriRollt has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Need photos
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 23.11.2021, 19:22
st2lemans's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Lugano
Posts: 32,026
Groaned at 2,411 Times in 1,754 Posts
Thanked 39,033 Times in 18,402 Posts
st2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond reputest2lemans has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

When I first saw the thread title, I expected another divorce thread.

Tom
Reply With Quote
The following 3 users would like to thank st2lemans for this useful post:
  #16  
Old 23.11.2021, 19:30
slammer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Lummerland
Posts: 5,314
Groaned at 147 Times in 103 Posts
Thanked 9,237 Times in 3,506 Posts
slammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond reputeslammer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Let´s have some pictures.
Just been looking on Ebay, seems that they go for up to a grand.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 23.11.2021, 20:22
bossybaby's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2021
Location: Western Austria
Posts: 560
Groaned at 4 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 987 Times in 411 Posts
bossybaby has a reputation beyond reputebossybaby has a reputation beyond reputebossybaby has a reputation beyond reputebossybaby has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

I could vaporize my FIL for getting rid of great-grandfather's millstone.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank bossybaby for this useful post:
  #18  
Old 23.11.2021, 20:38
Cherub's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Baselstadt
Posts: 886
Groaned at 3 Times in 3 Posts
Thanked 1,062 Times in 472 Posts
Cherub has a reputation beyond reputeCherub has a reputation beyond reputeCherub has a reputation beyond reputeCherub has a reputation beyond reputeCherub has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

If you're thinking of disposing of it by breaking it up, check there's not a heritage charity or organisation that prevents this.

Reason I'm saying that is I used to work for the SPAB in London, they have a specialist section handling everything to do with mills and any old bits of mills. Anyone buying a mill to redevelop as a home has their details passed to them along with any planning permission details and drawings. If there are old millstones they say they must be left in situ and they will also save old millstones from destruction as it's to do with industrial heritage in Britain. The people I dealt with who were members were fanatical about it.

I once went on a tour of mills in Norfolk with them, I kid you not one was just a collection of old medieval bits laid out and roped off on a village green. It was the most boring 3 days of my life
Reply With Quote
The following 5 users would like to thank Cherub for this useful post:
  #19  
Old 23.11.2021, 21:28
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2021
Location: Geneva, soon Vaud...
Posts: 284
Groaned at 31 Times in 24 Posts
Thanked 240 Times in 99 Posts
MattyRedSox has a reputation beyond reputeMattyRedSox has a reputation beyond reputeMattyRedSox has a reputation beyond reputeMattyRedSox has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

I’ll give you CHF 7500 for it, provided you can deliver it to my last boss, and roll it in front of his door.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank MattyRedSox for this useful post:
  #20  
Old 23.11.2021, 22:33
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: lugano
Posts: 840
Groaned at 102 Times in 61 Posts
Thanked 732 Times in 405 Posts
DL21 has earned the respect of manyDL21 has earned the respect of manyDL21 has earned the respect of many
Re: Getting rid of a millstone

Quote:
View Post
If you're thinking of disposing of it by breaking it up, check there's not a heritage charity or organisation that prevents this.

Reason I'm saying that is I used to work for the SPAB in London, they have a specialist section handling everything to do with mills and any old bits of mills. Anyone buying a mill to redevelop as a home has their details passed to them along with any planning permission details and drawings. If there are old millstones they say they must be left in situ and they will also save old millstones from destruction as it's to do with industrial heritage in Britain. The people I dealt with who were members were fanatical about it.

I once went on a tour of mills in Norfolk with them, I kid you not one was just a collection of old medieval bits laid out and roped off on a village green. It was the most boring 3 days of my life
my god! that's the most relevant response on EF for years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WndUx0ibDnI
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT +2. The time now is 02:39.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0