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Old 03-30-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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Do any of you guys recycle/scrap your leftover wire?

I just got PAID for a crapload of CAT5 & even coax that I had been saving up for some time now. I was really surprised to find out how much it was worth!
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Old 03-30-2010, 11:01 PM   #2
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I use to, made about 500 bucks last year....I then realized it wasn't worth all the time picking up scraps and storing them since I moved and got rid of my shop.

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I scrap just about anything leftover or that people don't want. I took in quite a bit of wire that was left over from our carwash when it was wired up 3 years ago. I didn't get a whole lot because the insulation was still on it, but I mostly try to take in old steel and some aluminum. I got about $300 bucks so far this year in steel and aluminum and I still have close to $1000 in old junk I'd like to take in when it dries up and I get can my 1-ton back to the woods to get it.
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CAT 5 & RG6??!?!?!

What.....3˘ a ton?
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CAT 5 & RG6??!?!?!

What.....3˘ a ton?
Around here #3 copper is getting $.85 a lb. All depends on how the scrap yard is equipped. If they have a granulator for copper wire, they give a good price for junk wire.

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CAT 5 & RG6??!?!?!

What.....3˘ a ton?
My scrap yard won't even take coax!
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Around here #3 copper is getting $.85 a lb. All depends on how the scrap yard is equipped. If they have a granulator for copper wire, they give a good price for junk wire.

I haven't taken copper in for years. I only keep #6 and larger, maybe 10 or 8 if it's straight when I get it and that's easy to strip.

I've always taken plain copper in. No insulation at all. The recyclers here have two prices, #1 for pure copper and #2 for unstripped. Usually, #2 is less than half the #1 rate.
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scrapyard. They are all over the place now
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scrapyard. They are all over the place now
I took apart a store last week and turned in 2 1/2 tons of steel shelving and got 5cents a pound PLUS an hourly rate PLUS a dump fee...



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I lost my scrap virginity today. I always used to let one of my employees take the scrap from jobs we demo'd. What prompted me to get into it was my 20 year old daughters upcoming marriage (Aug 2012). On our current job the AC units had to be moved and that left about 120' of ac line disconnected in the attic. I spent about an hour up there, on a cooler day thank goodness, and pulled all the unused lines out. Not working today so I decided to take it in along with a few bits of copper and alum gutters, fascia etc. Total haul today for 101 lbs of scrap was about $175. That ought to get us started with invitations!

Current copper prices were about $2.30 for #1 and $1.97 for #2
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For you guys that strip your copper wire before taking it to sell for srap, how do you strip it? People around here used to burn the insulation off years ago. Is there a quick , inexpensive way to strip scrap copper wiring?
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Thanks a lot for the responses.
Fwiw, it is no big deal. I don't come across enough of the stuff to lose sleep on how it is prepped. I just figured there a law against the old way.

Oh I see, kinda like asking about stripping/cleaning a pier.
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Oh I see, kinda like asking about stripping/cleaning a pier.
Next you'll be asking where I hide my still.





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I don't keep scrap unless it's big and clean, I let the helpers have.

Another super at work and his crew keep everything.

One day he turned in his receipt from the scrap yard with his expense reportwhat an idiot

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If its 5ft or over Ill keep it for jumpers or patches.
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any one know how much rg6 and 11 brings?
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any one know how much rg6 and 11 brings?
Most won't touch Coax.....so $0
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I make more money repurposing it for small jobs and repair work. The only time I could really kick myself for not recycling the wire was when I purchased a work van at the auction that was still filled up with supplies from the last guy that drove it.

I was so excited about getting the van at a good price that I threw several reels of wire into the dumpster so I could get it over to the inspection station.

But if I end up with a few boxes or reels that have roughly 100 feet left on them, I'll probably keep one or two and trash the rest. I could probably save up the scrap but I have enough junk around the house as it is.

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