We're moving into the room vacated by our daughter as she went off to college.* The room had a fixed frame octagonal window, as shown in the picture below.* I wanted to replace that with an openable window, since it will let us hear the waves better, and I wanted to do it myself.
The problem was that my ladder just wasn't long enough.* I didn't want to pay to have someone remove it, and I found that I would only get about $20 for it at the resale lumber place.* So I was trying to think of some cheap way of getting it out.
Then I thought of freecycle (www.freecycle.org
).* I'd post an offer of the window to anyone who could remove it.
Here's the weird/amazing thing: Only two minutes after I posted, I had two people who wanted the window.* After an hour, five or six.* Now, I live in a very sparsely populated area.* The closest town has 310 residents, and the town 25 miles away has 13,000.* In spite of that, there were enough people in this area checking out freecycle.org on a weekday afternoon that happened to want a window and had the experience to remove it, that I had bites after only two minutes.* I just don't understand how that is possible.
In any case, a guy came this morning with a big ladder, and although it was very difficult, he got the window out in one piece.* I gave him a six pack too, and now I can install the new window, which I'll be able to do from inside the room.
Freecyle is weird/amazing!