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What you need to make the trash stand

Raw materials needed:

  • Three 2x4 pieces of lumber. 8 feet is perfect. Pressure-treated is better but use whatever you can find.
  • 3 inch construction screws (star or T-25 drive screws prefered)
  • Two Hook and Eyes (or however many you need if you have more than two pickers)
  • Trash pickers, or any grabby thingy.
  • 5 gallon buckets

Tools needed:

  • Saw
  • Speed square
  • Tape measure
  • Screwdriver or impact driver

Why T25 or star screws?

They are way easier to work with and don't strip unlike the plus or minus head screws. They drive in really quickly and are overall better. Get ones rated for outdoors so they don't rust.

What if I don't have tools?

Big box stores can cut your wood down to the sizes you need. Before grabbing your wood, check to make sure the saw is working. They are usually at the back of the store. Call someone over and show them how many pieces you need. This is good if you don't have a saw. They might make you pay a couple of cents to make cuts. Usually, they just let you walk out for free, just be nice to them. You might have to flag down a cashier to call on the radio for someone to come to the saw area.

You do need a saw or something to cut the circular area to allow your grabbers to slide in and out.

You don't need a power saw, but it helps. A jig saw is a perfect thing for this. If you don't want to keep the tools you can buy it and return it. The best place for cheap tools is Harbor Freight if you aren't planning on using them for actual construction. Same thing with power drills / impact drivers. They will make life alot easier and can usually be returned or bought for super cheap second-hand on Facebook marketplace from someone's grandpa.