What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

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Spherical containers with valve and pipes inside. There must be at least 50 of these close to a stone-pit. What is it for ?
A: Biogas capture wells, on a former landfill.

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My dog brought this in. I was thinking maybe it’s a lockpick but I looked up lock pick sets and I haven’t seen anything that looks like this. It’s a very sharp metal object about 3 inches long.
A: It's a felting needle


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Lockheed Martin metal rods found in garage of newly purchased home.
A: These look like go/no go pin gages. The green stuff is called peel coat and it is a heated wax that goes on a Gage after calibration. It is removed by the machinist or inspector that uses it.


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Took cover plate off light switch and this is under it. Feels like sawdust, but more "springy".
A: Looks like termite frass


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What are this yellow transparent little pebbles that I found at a hill, it was mixed with little pieces of rubber, it has no odor, and they feel solid to the touch (like plastic)
A: The yellow looks like used deionization resin, as said used for water treatment. So the black may be carbon…which also is used for water treatment.


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This copper circle on the tailgate of a truck. Looks like a tag of some kind hanging out of it. A few inches across. Found in Texas. What is this thing?
A: Magnetic wreath hanger



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Everything screws in and out, except rotating that rotating arm which slides freely in out.
A: Bicycle chain tool


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What is this steel wire, with a smaller gauge of wire wrapped around it, used for? Magnets are attracted to the metal, and it's harder than aluminum (both core and wrap) so I'm guessing it's stainless steel.
A: This looks like what you have Lead sealing wire. Used with security/tamper seals.


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WITT: clear, shiny film. Disintegrates when I touch it. Has no smell. Almost looks like tinsel.
A: It's either a slug or snail trail


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A resin cube that contains a liquid that says “Mesa Petroleum Transaction” & “100,000,000 October 1979”. I assume it’s oil but Why, what, and, who lmao
A: Commemorative oil drop from a business deal or milestone


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Metal plate attached to wall. 8 inches in diameter. House built in 1900.
A: I believe it covers a hole in the wall that used to be for a stovepipe.


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Mowing the yard and ran over something that looks like a bunch of rolled up strips of aluminum foil on brownish no sticky tape. Some of it is a long rolled up section, others are like multiple strips stacked together. It went everywhere. I gathered it all up. Any idea what I hit?
A: Looks like a roll of aluminum muffler tape.


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Found under a wall in Wales, UK - solid metal with bolts in the concrete around it
A: It could be a base plate or fixing for an old iron railing


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Grooved wooden paddles. Was thinking maybe to clean something? Estate sale had 23 so assuming it's disposable.
A: It's a mold for cigars.


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About 1 gram and 3 centimeters tall. Rigid, translucent plastic. Flat bottom. Found it on the bottom of a drawer. What's this?
A: I think it’s a toy hamster water bottle. I remember having something like this when I was young with my Littlest Pet Shop set. The current orientation is upside down.


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What is the purpose of a ring like this? It’s a sterling silver ring with a gemstone on top. The face of it is clasped shut and can be opened up to reveal little space for holding something.
A: This is a perfume ring which holds solid perfume. Ladies wore them way back in the day when there was more rotten stuff decomposing around towns, gutters & in the street. They would hold the ring to their nose when passing a stinky area. Some folks call them poison rings & there are locket rings, but I'm pretty sure this is a perfume ring.


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Removable stair shelves in older home on second staircase (seen on Zillow). What’s the purpose?
A: In some older homes, with limited rooms on the second floor, folks "close off" the upstairs in the winter so they aren't paying to heat it. (Likely there was a door in that door frame. These shelves would allow the stairs to essentially function as a closet for those months.


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What is This Random Brick Structure?
A: I'm going to guess that this house was a model house for the subdivision, and the sign for the development was mounted between the pillars. I can't find any mounting holes, but they might have been in the mortar before it was redone.


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This rubber button in my 2007 Ford Focus mk2 1.6 petrol. Seems to be important as there is a blank on the opposite side.
A: It’s a fuel shut off reset button/solenoid. Should you be in a crash it activates and won’t let the car restart until it’s returned to the position it was before.


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Would be grateful for any help identifying this. It was found in a dryer and I have no additional information at this time. It seems to be metal and I’m unsure of the length as well.
A: That's a toy drumstick for a little kids drum set.


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Found buried (not too deep) in my backyard. It’s very heavy, the nonpainted side looks like there was a wire there at some point
A: Plumb bob. It's a weight with a pointed tip at the bottom to ensure that construction is vertical.


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Got these with a pack of cigarette lighters. Absolutely nothing else in the packet, no instructions. Any ideas on what they are? They are small and plastic with a piece of plastic inside with no hole in it, almost like a plug or a stopper or some kind.
A: You can keep the cig in your mouth without smoke going in to your nose and eyes, so hands free. I used one at home when I smoked in my 20s. I wouldn’t want to be seen at the bar with one though.


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