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Old 12-16-2010, 03:55 PM   #1
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Default Scrap copper prices Dec/2010

No work for me today so I took some wire in to the recycler.

Bare copper = $3.15
Small insulated thhn = $2.00
Large insulated thhn = $2.25
Romex = $1.75

Came home with $690 in cash

100 pounds of bare (about 1/3 of a trash can) was about half the booty.

One trash can stuffed with romex + One trash can full of thhn = the other half.


1000 watt MH ballast = 14 pounds total x $.25 = $3.00

Deconstructed, 10 pound steel @ $.10 + 4 pounds of copper @ $2.80=$12.20





50 watt MH ballast=3 pounds total = $.75

Deconstructed, 2 pounds steel= 1 pound copper = $3.00



It will take 2-3 minutes to cut the HID ballasts apart once I set up. The 400 and 1000 watt balllasts are a no brainer but, do I want to mess with the one pound of copper in the smaller ones??? I have a couple hundred so at 2 bucks per, net, I suppose it's worth it.???Maybe not.

Magnetic ballast/transformers = $.10 per pound. I cut open a neon transformer and it was exactly what I thought....filled with tar.

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Old 12-16-2010, 04:18 PM   #2
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Yea I cut open a few magnetic ballasts only to find about .02 of copper and .12 of steel and a big mess of black crap that went everywhere. I got around the same price you did for my scrap last week when I went. I have trash cans for bare, thhn, romex , aluminum and pile for steel. Why pay to dispose of it when it can pay you back?

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Dont you have one of those stripping tools for insulation?
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Dont you have one of those stripping tools for insulation?

Yeah, but I only use it on #6 and larger. That's were my 100# of bare came from.

I have bunch of 500MCM (probably 150') waiting for me but wire that big a two person job to pull thru the stripper.
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Just curious...How much was the tool and where did you get it?
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Find you a nice spot out in the country, such as a friend's house, then burn all of it in a barrel and dunk it in some cold water. They may give you #2 pricing, but it's still worth it. My local scrap yard gave me #1 pricing after they got to know me.
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Just curious...How much was the tool and where did you get it?

I don't remember the price. Maybe 200-300???

I saw it advertized in the back of EC magazine YEARS ago and ordered it. It sat in the warehouse for maybe 7 years before I mounted it a few months ago.

And, I couldn't burn insulation. I have a conscience.

I helped burn a few barrels in the 70's and could see that thick black cloud blocking out the moonlight on the trip home.


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