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John and Jimmy Sell a Custom Pogo Stick for $500 on 'Dirty Money' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 31st 2011 6:20PM
An old school pogo stick on 'Dirty Money'Where some people see a pogo stick, John and Jimmy DiResta see an investment. On 'Dirty Money' (Tuesdays, 10PM on Discovery) they happened upon some people in a public park doing amazing pogo tricks. The DiRestas stopped to make them an offer, and they agreed that if Jimmy could make them something they'd never seen before, they might spend between $400 and $500 for it.

After some trial and error, Jimmy delivered, making a custom old school pogo stick. "You can see I'm using a double spring that gets extended as opposed to compressed," he said, explaining his creation. "This is one garage door spring cut in half and then hooked onto this adjustable mechanism right here."

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From a Pile of Junk to Pee-Wee Herman's Bike on 'Dirty Money' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2011 6:41AM
Pee-wee Herman bike, 'Dirty Money'Jimmy had a stroke of genius on 'Dirty Money' (Wed., 10PM ET on Discovery). Looking at a pile of bicycle parts they'd salvaged, he suddenly remembered what iconic creation could be made from them.

"What is the most famous Schwinn in the world?" he asked. "Why don't we turn this into the Pee-wee Herman bike?"

The only financial investment they put into it was the new tires, at fifty bucks. The rest of it was from on-hand materials, and they did an absolutely beautiful job in recreating the bicycle made famous in 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure.'

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John and Jimmy DiResta Gas Up A Neon Sign on 'Dirty Money' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 17th 2011 5:00PM
The boys light up their bar sign project on 'Dirty Money'When John and Jimmy DiResta found their neon bar sign on 'Dirty Money' (Tuesdays, 10PM on Discovery), it was missing one very important thing: neon. That fact helped John pick it up for $200 in the hopes of refurbishing it and selling it for a big profit. So where do you find neon?

John was mesmerized watching the glass tubes for the neon sign being made and heated to bend in the shape of letters. "Am I having a case of vertigo or is that glass melting?" he said, standing a safe distance away as the glass was held over a long, open flame. The glass-maker then used wooden blocks to help keep the tubes in shape before adding the electrodes that would provide the spark to light the neon.

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Discovery's 'Dirty Money' Crew Explains the Art Of Dumpster Diving (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 9th 2011 5:20PM
The crew from Discovery's 'Dirty Money' on 'Good Day New York'If you've ever been taking out the trash and spotted something on the curb and thought it could be worth something, you may be right. At least that's the philosophy of brothers John and Jimmy DiResta, the stars of the new Discovery show 'Dirty Money.' The pair appeared on 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) to talk about the show and their chosen profession.

With the help of John's son Matthew, a.k.a. Rat Boy, the DiRestas find trash on the streets of New York City and try to turn it into saleable treasure. "New York City garbage picking is all about timing," said Jimmy in a clip from the show. "If somebody's evicted, if somebody's moving, if you're right there at the right time, it's like getting a parking spot." The clip also showed Rat Boy climbing into a dumpster, with his proud father noting his agility.

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