Warning and disclaimer from a comment below a youtubeos I haven't cited here "I can't believe I just wasted 5 minutes of my life to listen to all this babble that ended up being a tutorial on how to hold a utility knife."
- Trinket Gobblin finds a large differential in the price he can get from raw electrical wire. All those Hannukah/Christmas lights thrun in the trash at Epiphany tsk! the waste.
- eWaste Ben advises tooling round the neighbourhood taking copper out of CRT TVs - lingo note: No.2 copper is lacquered.
- Chris from Westsound Recycling explains diff between #1 and #2. The latter in contaminated with lacquer, solder, aluminium coating, oxidation = patina and is therefore less valuable
- Bracken Recycling does the maths of whether to strip wire. More lingo: 75% wire is still covered in plastic; BB bare-bright is pure copper. A spool of 75% is worth $12.51. You get a higher price $15.80 for BB by losing some weight. Is it worth $3.29 of your time to process the stuff? Convincing theatre suggests it is NOT worth the hassle. 9 lb of wire is loooooong and each meter of it has to be stripped.
- Jeff Reisitter says strip to increase price from $2 to $70 /kg but doesn't say how that might be achieved
- Jeff James strips off the plastic to raise the price from $1/lb dirty to $3/lb stripped. But that's 2013 when copper spiked at a little over $4/lb wholesale. I do like the idea of a large white american doing the sort of hands-on grunt work that we associate with benighted Bangladeshi ship-breakers.
- Paul and Deano in England have geared up their system to strip 1kg of wire in 3 minutes. Far too long for the enclosed info, but I like the appropriate technology = broom-handle mechanism. You will be able to think or a more efficient way of doing this running the stripped wire onto another reel rather than a heap on the floor.
- Robbie TwoScraps does a time&motion study to suggest that if your time is worth less than $7/hr it's worth stripping longish (=efficient) lengths of wire. Chrismas lights? Forgettit!
- Nederlands is almost the same as Engels: koper draad strippen met een houten blok en een stanlymes
- Moose-scrapper seems to have a paleolithuc bang-two-rocks-together approach to recovering a copper coil from a transformer. Commenter suggets getting a bigger hammer.
- eWaste Ben makes handy little 10oz ingots of copper melted from wire from coils in TVs. I gather that he is stock-piling these against Armageddon.
"Are you copper-bottoming 'em my man?"
"No, I'm aluminiuming 'em Mum"
Other metal stories on the blob:
by implication there's 100 more in pipeline
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